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Milk Thistle Seed
MILK THISTLE SEED - Is one of the well-researched plants for liver support applications. The seeds contain the highest concentrations of the active compound, silymarin. Silymarin is an antioxidant that reduces free radical production and oxidative damage. It may also inhibit the binding of toxins to the liver. Silymarin reduces liver injury caused by acetaminophen and has been shown to have positive effects on alcoholic liver disease, hepatitis and toxin-induced liver problems.
It’s also very encouraging that milk thistle has a good safety record; side effects are rare and serious toxicity has not been reported, neither have drug interactions. Milk thistle is native to the Mediterranean and the stems, also rich in antioxidants, are regularly eaten by those in the area to reduce oxidative damage in the liver and biliary tract. Oxidative damage is thought to be one of the main mechanisms involved in nearly all chronic liver disorders.
Overall, investigation of the value of herbal therapies for liver disorders, milk thistle is of high interest due to its high antioxidant capacity. Milk thistle seed has even been examined for a potential role in battling hepatitis C in Pakistan, where infection is a major problem. Milk thistle has structural relation to compounds demonstrated active on liver metabolic processes, leading to speculation milk thistle reduces blood sugar.
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