One of the many benefits of the milk thistle plant, which many of us do not know, but through researching this plant, I saw that it is appropriate to talk about this plant beneficial to our bodies and share this information between us so that the benefit for everyone.
Come with me in this article to shed light on the milk thistle plant and learn more about it through its properties, benefits and side effects that can occur when using it through my experience with and search for milk thistle plant:
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My experience with milk thistle
We were living in an elevated area close to a public hospital, which was built on a mountain high, where the air was clean and clean, and surrounding this hospital was a small forest that included many wild pine trees and some large trees in addition to the growth of weeds and plants that were left as they are in nature without anyone’s intervention .
Our homes were close to this small forest that we knew all the entrances to where we wandered and played, and there was a thorny plant that caught our attention at that time. I did not know anything about it except that its flowers are purple and the thorns surround each leg, so we did not approach it for fear at our hands, and we grew up in this life Days I read in one of the articles about this plant called milk thistle, so I only delved into the details of the topic and saw that it is a plant of great importance, and from here the idea came to talk to you about my experience with the milk thistle plant to convey to you a lot about its properties and benefits as well as It is a beautiful plant and looks great.
What is milk thistle plant?
Milk thistle plant , also known as Silybmommarianum, is an annual flowering plant with reddish-purple flowers.
Milk thistle is a common plant in several regions, the most important of which is the Mediterranean region and Scotland, where it lives in highlands and semi-hot and mountainous places, and although this plant is native to southern Europe and certain parts of Asia, it is now found in many parts of the world.
In addition, it has many species and can have purple flowers, bright green or pale green leaves, and an elongated appearance that surrounds the long stem full of thin thorns with white stripes in the middle of these leaves.
The nutrients in milk thistle:
This plant is widely known and recognized for its powerful organic ingredients in its seeds as the seed extract contains:
- High concentrations and active compounds in the extract.
- The extract contains several fatty acids including linoleic acid .
- It contains many different features, including that it contains silymarin as an active ingredient that protects liver cells (it is a substance from the class of flavonoids that acts as an antioxidant and supports the cell membrane from the entry of toxic elements into it, in addition to it stimulating the regeneration of liver cells as it is anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer).
Milk thistle extract obtained from this plant contains high amounts of silymarin, and silymarin is known to have antioxidant, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties and has traditionally been used to treat diseases of the liver and gallbladder, increase breast milk production, and even protect the liver from snake bites and alcohol. And other toxins.
Silymarin can also be found in some plants other than milk thistle. Artichoke, turmeric root, coriander seeds and leaves are among herbs that contain good amounts of silymarin. In addition, other foods that contain trace amounts of silymarin include dark grapes, beet leaves, peanuts, and yeast. Beer.
Benefits of milk thistle
Among the most important health benefits of milk thistle is its ability to eliminate liver toxicity, speed recovery, reduce the development of various cancers, treat fungal infections, and protect the body from the side effects of drugs, the development of Alzheimer’s disease, the risk of heart disease and reduce and treat symptoms of diabetes:
Milk thistle contains silymarin, a flavonoid known to detoxify the liver, protects the liver from cirrhosis and may also prevent diseases such as fatty liver syndrome, jaundice and hepatitis, however more research is needed to study the therapeutic potential of such medicinal plants.
To prevent diabetes:
The combination of antioxidants, fatty acids and silymarin in milk thistle extract can be beneficial for regulating insulin levels and maintaining blood sugar levels, even for people with diabetes.
To improve heart health:
Milk thistle extract contains large amounts of beneficial fatty acids and omega-3 essentials for heart health, as omega-3 fatty acids can balance cholesterol levels in the body, which may prevent atherosclerosis, thus increasing the protection of the body from the risk of stroke, as well as reducing heart attacks.
To fight cancer:
Milk thistle extract appears to have an inhibitory effect on the growth of cancer cells and skin tumors and may also help prevent prostate, breast, and liver cancer.
Preliminary laboratory studies have also shown that the active ingredients in milk thistle may also have anticancer effects because the active ingredient known as silymarin contains powerful antioxidant properties.
To regulate cholesterol:
Milk thistle extract is anti-inflammatory, helps lower cholesterol levels in the body, cleanses the blood and prevents oxidative stress.
And its silymarin content improves total cholesterol and triglycerides in the body.
To prevent gallstones:
By cleansing the body of elements that harm the metabolism, milk thistle helps improve the function of the gallbladder, kidneys and spleen and prevents the risk of developing gallstones.
For skin care:
Milk thistle helps reduce various inflammations due to its rich antioxidant content, which helps reduce acne and pimples, prevents skin aging and reveals the skin’s natural radiance.
The silymarin in milk thistle helps treat psoriasis and helps combat redness, itching and thickening spots on the skin.
To improve bone health:
Milk thistle helps prevent bone damage due to estrogen deficiency, improves bone health and reduces the risk of osteoporosis, so you find that many athletes take nutritional supplements that contain milk thistle extract because of its strong effect on bone health.
Milk thistle extract helps reduce swelling in the airways, and the compound silymarin in it has been shown to prevent allergic asthma symptoms.
To increase immunity in the body:
Milk thistle extract strengthens the general immune system and fights infections.
Silymarin also increases glutathione synthesis in the body, which helps fight oxidative stress and thus improve overall body health.
Milk thistle antifungal:
Milk thistle extract helps treat many types of dangerous fungi.
Slow the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s disease:
Milk thistle extract can help prevent age-related decline in brain function.
The presence of silymarin in milk thistle stimulates cognitive ability and opens new nerve pathways, which effectively reduces the appearance of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Milk thistle extract also helps relieve OCD symptoms because it protects the brain and may also help with mental disorders.
Relieves premenstrual syndrome:
Women with mood swings, bloating, abdominal and muscle cramps, and breast pain before menstruation are more likely to have an elevated C-reactive protein level, which indicates swelling, and since milk thistle lowers C-reactive protein (in some studies) we can use it as a supplement. A healthy diet may help treat premenstrual syndrome.
Milk thistle can also be used for menstrual disorders and delayed menstruation.
A combination of silymarin and selenium reduced prostate symptoms in a clinical trial in 55 men in which this method improved urine flow and reduced bladder fullness.
The same combination reduced prostate cancer-related blood lipids in men who had previously had prostate surgery.
For the treatment of heartburn:
Among the benefits of milk thistle is the treatment of heartburn and indigestion, as thistle is bitter and bitter herbs reduce the digestive process by increasing the secretion of stomach acid and digestive enzymes as well as stimulating the movement of the digestive system.
Milk thistle to increase breast milk production:
Milk thistle traditionally increases breast milk in breastfeeding women, and clinical trials to support this are not uncommon although milk thistle is not dangerous for pregnant women.
Milk thistle contains estrogen-like effects that may stimulate the flow of breast milk in women who are breastfeeding.
Reducing the effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy:
The silymarin component in milk thistle prevents skin damage in over 100 breast cancer patients.
And in people with brain cancer undergoing chemotherapy, a combination of omega-3 fatty acids and milk thistle increased survival and reduced tissue damage from radiation.
Milk thistle also reduced radiation-induced lung damage and improved survival.
Milk thistle oil benefits:
Milk thistle oil to increase fertility:
The rosemary plant and its oil are known to improve sperm quality, increase antioxidant status, fertility and sexual function, and since milk thistle also has estrogenic effects, its benefits in increasing fertility in men must be well documented, to be studied, however men need healthy levels. From estrogen to maintain fertility and sexual health.
Milk thistle can also have effects such as that of the hormone estrogen and its beneficial effects for men with prostate cancer.
Milk thistle can be used to increase the chances of IVF, but more studies are needed on these important topics.
Milk thistle oil to reduce inflammation:
Strongly linked to antioxidant activity, milk thistle oil is a powerful anti-inflammatory.
Milk thistle oil to aid wound healing:
The presence of silymarin refreshes the skin and reduces inflammation in the wounds by switching genes to rejuvenate the skin, and the gel extracted from the milk thistle plant increases collagen and the activity of collagen-producing cells (fibroblasts).
Important facts about milk thistle
Where do we find the herb milk thistle?
The milk thistle plant originated in Europe, but it is also found in North America and many countries, and it is a strong plant that grows in dry, rocky areas, and is generally considered a weed, however, today many people grow it in their gardens as it is easy to grow at home and needs to be pruned from time to time. To prevent rapid growth and keep it in an area where it can grow in an orderly manner.
When is the best time to consume milk thistle?
The daily intake of milk thistle can be evenly divided into 3 times a day, but taking it with some oils or fats is one way to increase its absorption.
How to use milk thistle plant and the recommended amount?
Milk thistle extract is used as well as the oil extracted from its seeds.
Both the seeds of milk thistle and the plant are used, but studies show that its seeds have more healing properties, so in most nutritional supplements or tea bags the extract of the seeds of this plant is used.
Milk thistle is available as a supplement at many stores and pharmacies, and there is no standard dose, so it is best to read the recommended dose on the package.
Milk thistle tea is also available in the form of sachets.
As for the recommended amount of milk thistle:
- Take this extract 3 times a day, half an hour before meals.
- For people with hepatitis and cirrhosis: Take 160 to 800 mg 3 times daily for cirrhosis for 2 years and for hepatitis for 3 months.
- For liver purification in people with lazy liver: Take 250 mg once a day for 8 weeks.
- Normal people: 140-250 mg can be used for 4 weeks to cleanse the liver from toxins.
How to prepare milk thistle extract:
Boil 3.5 grams of milk thistle seeds in 150 cc of boiling water for 10 to 15 minutes and use the extract after filtering it.
How to use milk thistle:
The traditional milk thistle extract is obtained using its seeds as the seeds can be boiled in water or roasted.
Milk thistle oil is also known as a product that is extracted by crushing the seeds.
The thistle plant gives small buds in the spring, during which time the root can be chopped, boiled and filled with oil.
On the other hand, needle portions of leaves can be used in salads by chopping and boiling.
Milk thistle can also be consumed in the form of a tea, as it is fermented using both the herb and the seeds and by crushing the seeds of the plant.
Milk thistle extract is produced in capsules as a nutritional supplement that has many benefits for the body as it is among the products preferred by athletes due to its relationship to bone health, but milk thistle can be used as a nutritional supplement after consulting a doctor before using it.
Side effects of milk thistle:
If you have any specific health problems or illnesses, we recommend that you consult your doctor before using supplements that contain milk thistle.
Do not exceed the dose indicated on the product.
Thistle and its active ingredient silymarin are considered a healthy plant-based product as long as it is not overused because too much of the recommended dose can cause:
- Nausea, stomach pain, and discomfort (most common).
- Mild diarrhea.
- Skin sensitivity, itching and eczema.
- Fatigue and restlessness.
- Nasal congestion, runny nose and sneezing.
- Impotence (rare).
- Anaphylaxis (severe but very rare allergic reaction)
Take it if you are pregnant:
Although there are not enough clinical studies to confirm that it is not completely safe during pregnancy, studies to date show that milk thistle is not harmful, but caution is advised in pregnant and breastfeeding women, and not all information should be trusted, especially during pregnancy because a doctor should be consulted before use.
Milk thistle for babies:
Milk thistle is probably safe for children to use, but more studies are needed, so you should consult your doctor and be careful when using it for children.
Through my experience of many medicinal plants and their uses in various treatments, you should know that caution and caution must be taken before using them.
You should also consult a doctor before use.
This article cannot be considered medical advice or medical information. Rather, it is cultural information intended to identify new medicinal plants, and it cannot be considered a substitute for visiting a doctor for diagnosis and treatment.