Silybum or Milk Thistle (Latin name: Silybum Marianum) belongs to the Asteraceae family. It grows mainly in Mediterranean and temperate climates and is well known in parts of the Mediterranean, Europe, South Africa, and the Middle East. It retains its leaves all year round and blooms from July to September, while its seeds ripen from August to October. The characteristic of this plant is the thorns that it has as a defense mechanism for its protection from animals.
Silybum has been known in the West for many years as a treatment for depression and general liver problems. In fact, research shows that it can protect the liver from alcohol poisoning or other types of poisoning. The seed extract interacts with the membranes of liver cells and prevents the entry of toxins and other toxic compounds, thus preventing cell damage from chemical agents. In addition, studies have shown that thistle helps regulate blood glucose levels as it stabilizes insulin levels.
One of the bioactive compounds it contains, mainly in its seeds, and is called silymarin is a powerful flavonoid. Clinically it has used seed extract to treat mushroom poisoning. In addition, it helps in the recovery from hepatitis and liver cirrhosis. Finally, it increases milk flow and is safe to be consumed by breastfeeding mothers.
- Whole Seeds
Caution! Herbs should not be consumed uncontrollably. Consult your doctor before consumption. They are not substitutes for drugs and can cause side effects and allergies.