What are the benefits of milk thistle?

What is milk thistle?

Milk thistle plants with powdered extract and supplements.
Milk thistle is available in a range of forms, and is most popular as a supplement or in tea.

Milk thistle is a flowering plant that comes from the same family of plants as the daisy. It grows in Mediterranean countries and is used to make natural remedies.

Different parts of the milk thistle plant may be used to treat various health conditions. The most common use of milk thistle is for liver problems. Some claim it can help treat:

Other potential health benefits include protecting heart health by lowering cholesterol levels and helping people manage type 2 diabetes.

Milk thistle has a range of potential health benefits due to its active ingredient, silymarin, which is an antioxidant.

More research needs to be carried out before a definitive list of milk thistle benefits can be confirmed. That said, it is a healthful supplement that may be worth trying alongside conventional treatments.

It is always a good idea to speak to a healthcare professional before starting to use milk thistle or any other supplement, as it may interact with other medications or conditions.

Milk thistle supplements are available for purchase in health food stores or online.

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