Milk thistle is a thorny plant that grows in Southern Europe. The seeds are mainly used from its flowers that are collected in summer when they are completely dry. Thistle seeds contain about 65% -80% silymarin, which is its main active ingredient.
Silymarin helps in the regeneration of liver cells, as:
- It protects them from toxins that try to enter them or neutralize existing ones.
- They activate the protein synthesis in them, by increasing the activity of DNA-RNA, i.e. the genetic material.
Milk thistle is recommended as a dietary supplement for the complementary treatment of hepatitis, cirrhosis, jaundice, diabetes, indigestion, gall bladder problems, helps lower cholesterol and metabolic syndrome.
It is also used as a brain tonic and antidepressant.
Milk thistle extract can be used as a natural antidote in cases of poisoning by the genus Amanita, to which the most dangerous mushrooms belong.
How to use: Pour 1 teaspoon for a cup of water to simmer for 8-10 minutes, drain and drink. We can drink 2-3 cups a day.