Make your liver happy with this medicinal plant!
This medicinal plant has been known since ancient times by people living in Mediterranean countries.
In 400 BC, milk thistle was used as a coffee substitute, where its seeds were roasted and consumed as a drink. In addition, milk thistle was used as a remedy for liver and stomach ailments. Finally, the plant was also cultivated throughout Europe and used as an ingredient in salads.
If you are subscribed to this channel and have struggled with liver problems in the past, you probably already know how beneficial milk thistle can be. Its scientific name is Silybum marianum, and it’s also known as milk thistle or white thistle.
The plant has amazing medicinal properties that you’re about to learn about:
It’s good for the heart
The plant is able to lower the level of bad “LDL” cholesterol, reducing the risk of developing arterial and heart problems.
Helps in the treatment of diabetes
Research has shown that milk thistle may be beneficial for people with diabetes. According to researchers, taking milk thistle properly can help lower blood sugar levels and improve cholesterol levels in people with type 2 diabetes.
Protects the liver
Milk thistle can be used in the treatment of liver disease, as it’s able to regenerate the cells of this organ. Milk thistle can be used as a supplement (under medical supervision) in the treatment of liver problems such as hepatitis, jaundice, fibrosis, cirrhosis, fatty liver, degeneration and necrosis. It also helps increase bile secretion, which is important for regulating digestion and the absorption of fats and vitamins.
Helps with inflammation
Silymarin, found in the juice and seeds of milk thistle, is an excellent antioxidant. It neutralizes the action of free radicals and protects the body from oxidation.
According to experts, the antioxidant effect of silymarin is ten times stronger than that of vitamin E.
For this reason, it’s able to protect organs such as:
Brain: prevention and support in treatment of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s;
Kidneys: Regeneration of cells and prevention of poisoning, prevention of kidney death due to diabetes and other diseases;
Pancreas: protecting the pancreas from toxic chemical compounds and improving glucose metabolism;
Blood cells: Protection of blood cells, helping to control ferritin levels in the blood.
Improves the health of the gastrointestinal tract
Through its effect on the bacteria in the intestines, milk thistle can help improve gastrointestinal health.
Helps treat cancer
Studies have shown that milk thistle has properties that inhibit the growth of cancer cells and cause tumors to recede. Silymarin can be used to prevent skin cancer, which is caused by the use of chemicals and ultraviolet radiation. It can also reduce the side effects of drugs used to treat oral, breast,cervical, prostate, colon, bladder and liver cancers.
It’s anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory
Due to the presence of silymarin, milk thistle can be used to treat inflammation such as arthritis and rhinitis, and immune disorders such as psoriasis.
Did you like learning more about this little flower?
Milk thistle tea can be made with 1 teaspoon of crushed fruit and 1 cup of boiling water. Let it steep for 15 minutes, strain it and drink 3 to 4 cups per day.
In addition, milk thistle is also available in the form of capsules or tablets. Taking milk thistle may cause allergic reactions in people who’re allergic to artichokes, kiwi, daisies, marigolds and chrysanthemums.
It should be remembered that taking milk thistle isn’t recommended for children and pregnant women.
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