By Underground Health Reporter

Milk thistle has commonly been used as a natural treatment for liver disorders, but did you also know milk thistle:

  • Slows the growth of skin, breast and prostate cancer
  • Prevents and treats gallstones

The daisy family of flowers produces a beautiful plant called the milk thistle (Silybum marianum), which is named for the milky white fluid that oozes from the leaves when squeezed. But the power of the milk thistle is in its ripe seeds.  For over 2000 years, the herbal nutrients from the milk thistle seeds  have been a natural treatment for liver and gallbladder disorders, particularly for hepatitis C, jaundice and cirrhosis.

Milk thistle is also believed to reduce the effects of toxins, so it has been used to treat malaria, melancholy, the plague and poisonous mushrooms!

The therapeutic properties of milk thistle act as a super antioxidant and antiinflammatory compound, originating from 3 flavonoids from silymarin in the plant. Silymarin detoxifies the liver by creating new liver cells, thereby reversing toxic damage, improving overall liver function and removing waste build-up.

Get Circulatory, Lymphatic and Cardiovascular Health—and Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease—with Milk Thistle

Entering the 20th century, we have found milk thistle beneficial beyond its original therapeutic use for liver detoxification.  In addition, milk thistle is beneficial for:

  • Lowering cholesterol levels and thus improving cardiovascular health
  • Decreasing the proliferation of cancer cells in breast, lung, colon,prostate, cervical and renal cancers
  • Defending against premature aging
  • Fighting free radical damage with its antioxidant properties
  • Lessening cell damage caused by chemotherapy and radiation treatments
  • Preventing Alzheimer’s disease
  • Protecting against sun damage and other problematic skin conditions
  • Remedying intestinal and indigestion issues
  • Stabilizing blood sugar levels
  • Treating menopausal symptoms
  • Treating the symptoms of death cap mushroom (Amanita phalloides) poisoning

Just by flushing toxins from the blood, milk thistle is a huge benefit to the entire circulatory system, which then keeps the blood flowing easily through the bloodstream.

Prevent and Treat Cancer With Mike Thistle —and Boost Your Lymphatic System

The compound silymarin in milk thistle has helped to prevent and treat cancer in test tubes and laboratory animals. How silymarin can prevent and treat cancer in humans is next to be discovered.

The role of milk thistle in improving the lymphatic system is major for benefiting your immune health. The “heart” of the lymph system is your spleen. An inflamed spleen, the result of an overworked and sluggish liver, can effectively be treated with milk thistle, as with other spleen disorders.

With as little as 200 mg of milk thistle daily, many intestinal health and digestive problems such as constipation can effectively be treated. With constipation, the intestines contract too slowly and fail to adequately move waste into the colon for elimination. Milk thistle helps to produce a laxative effect by encouraging the production of bile. Bile production breaks down fats and cholesterol in the intestines, which stimulates bowel movements, as well as decrease the risk of developing gallstones.

Milk thistle can also naturally heal inflamed intestinal walls and calm Irritable Bowel Syndrome by softening and moisturizing the mucous membranes. It acts as a demulcent, which can sooth inflamed gallbladders by clearing away the obstructed and stagnant gallbladder ducts. As you can see, milk thistle can also treat and prevent gallstones by dissolving the hardened and mineralized stones.

Before implementing milk thistle as part of your healthcare regimen, consult the advice of a physician. Side effects are mild and may include stomach upset, diarrhea and rash.

Do not take if pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have been diagnosed with prostate, uterine or breast cancer. You must also avoid supplementing with milk thistle if you are taking any blood thinning, allergy, anxiety, cholesterol, seizure, or cancer medications.