Benefits of Milk Thistle

Also known as silymarin, Mary thistle and holy thistle, Milk thistle is a flowering herb native to the Mediterranean region. Milk thistle is related to the daisy and ragweed family. It treats cirrhosis of the liver, jaundice, hepatitis and gallbladder disorders. Milk thistle has cholesterol lowering properties, which heals treating heart problems and diabetes in type 2 diabetes patients.

How does Milk Thistle Work?

The active ingredient in Milk thistle is silymarin which is an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.

Does Milk Thistle Benefit the Liver?

We don’t have enough scientific evidence to draw a definitive conclusion on whether milk thistle helps the liver. While some studies showed no improvement in liver function, other early research suggests it helps with alcohol-related liver disease. Other studies suggest that it may benefit those whose liver is damaged by industrial toxins, such as toluene and xylene.

In conclusion, we require more information on the benefits of milk thistle for the liver.

Improves Diabetes

There have been positive results in research to suggest that, combined with traditional treatment, milk thistle improves diabetes. In subjects with type 2 diabetes, there was a decrease in blood sugar and an improvement in cholesterol while taking milk thistle. Most noteworthy, researchers discovered that this herb improved insulin resistance which is a key characteristic of type 2 diabetes.

Milk Thistle Helps the Heart

Milk thistle may decrease the chance of heart disease with its ability to lower LDL (bad cholesterol levels). Studies involving diabetics showed milk thistle helped to lower their cholesterol. Therefore, it looks probable that these same benefits may be shared with non-diabetics.

Milk thistle prevents the elevation of liver enzymes and you can be take it along with statins.

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