Milk Thistle Seed Oil Health Facts

Milk thistle products are popular in Europe and the United States for various types of liver disease. Multiple studies from Europe suggest benefits of oral milk thistle for cirrhosis. In studies up to five years long, milk thistle slightly improved liver function and decreased the number of deaths in people with liver disease. Research showed that milk thistle improved control of blood sugar in people with diabetes with and without liver disease. It suggests that silymarin improves blood and urine markers associated with diabetic kidney disease. Several studies of milk thistle in liver disease caused by viruses or alcohol report improvements in liver tests.

Holy thistle oil also includes essential polyunsaturated acids, such as linoleic (omega -6) and oleic (omega -9). Also abundant in natural antioxidants, vitamins A and E. In addition, holy thistle oil is rich in minerals and trace elements – magnesium, zinc, selenium and manganese.

People living in polluted areas or those whose work is related with toxic substances, also can take advantage of holy thistle oil. It is indispensable for those who abuse alcohol, as it is able to excrete toxins from the body.

Holy thistle oil is used in cosmetology. To strengthen hair, it is recommended to rub the oil into hair roots for fifteen minutes 2-3 times a week. It has softening properties so you can rub it into your skin after shave.

Commonly consumed in teas, smoothies, juices, salads, and cereals dressings. Pairs well with greens for salad or smoothies, goji berries, cacao, wild mushrooms and herbs,

Milk thistle is taken by mouth most often for liver disorders, including liver damage caused by chemicals, alcohol, and chemotherapy, as well as liver damage caused by Amanita phalloides (death cap) mushroom poisoning, jaundice, chronic inflammatory liver disease, cirrhosis of the liver, and chronic hepatitis.

Milk thistle is also taken by mouth for loss of appetite, heartburn (dyspepsia), gallbladder complaints, enlarged prostate(benign prostatic hyperplasia), a blood disorder called beta-thalassemia, and infertility.

Some people take milk thistle by mouth for diabetes, kidney damage caused by diabetes, hangover, diseases of the spleen, inflammation in the lungs and chest, malaria, depression, uterine complaints, increasing breast milk flow, allergy symptoms, starting menstrual flow, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), high cholesterol, and menopausal symptoms.

People apply milk thistle to the skin for skin toxicity caused by radiation.

People use milk thistle intravenously for Amanita phalloides (death cap) mushroom poisoning.

Milk thistle seed might protect liver cells from toxic chemicals and drugs. It also seems to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.

Possibly effective for:
Diabetes. Some research shows that taking silymarin, a chemical found in milk thistle, along with conventional treatment can decrease blood sugar, total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL or “bad”) cholesterol, and triglycerides in people with diabetes. Other early research suggests that taking silymarin three times daily reduces insulin resistance in people with diabetes and liver disease caused by alcoholism. But talking silybin, another chemical found in milk thistle, daily for 4 weeks does not seem to affect blood sugar levels in people with diabetes.

Heartburn (dyspepsia). When used daily for 4 weeks, a specific combination product (Iberogast, Medical Futures, Inc.) that contains milk thistle plus peppermint leaf, German chamomile, caraway, licorice, clown’s mustard plant, celandine, angelica, and lemon balm seems to reduce the severity of acid reflux, stomach pain, cramping, nausea, and vomiting.

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