Scientific name: Silybum marianum
Origin: Eastern Europe
No need for the Vegans of the world to worry—Milk Thistle Powder contains no animal products, despite its name. Also known as wild artichoke, this powerful herb has actually been used as a natural medicine for centuries. In fact, it’s common belief that no pharmaceutical drugs on the market can match its effectiveness when it comes to protecting the liver from toxins, free radicals and stressors. It can even help to improve adrenal disorder, menstrual issues, jaundice and psoriasis. Many of these benefits come from the herb’s powerful antioxidant agent, known as “Silymarin,” which helps to enhance new cell generation.
Mainly utilized in its powder form, Milk Thistle is known for its strong aroma and pleasant taste that pairs well with applesauce, fruit smoothies and a slew of other drink and snack recipes.
A natural detoxifier, Milk Thistle Powder can aid in the removal of harmful toxins from the body, while helping to rebuild healthy liver cells. This process makes it especially beneficial to those looking to reverse the harmful effects of alcohol consumption, pesticides, air pollutants, and heavy metals. By helping stimulate the effectiveness of our liver, it allows the body to more efficiently dispel harmful substances and improve the overall health of the immune system.
Milk Thistle Powder contains compounds known as phytochemicals, which have shown to help reduce oxidative stress on the skin. As it is most often induced through UV-light, this means the skin is better protected from certain types of radiation. The same benefits can also minimize pain, damage, and inflammation from sunburns and other side effects of overexposure to the sun’s rays.
As a powerful anti-inflammatory, Milk Thistle Powder can aid in maintaining healthy cholesterol levels and controlling the conditions that often lead to diabetes. Helping to cleanse the blood and prevent oxidative stress within the circulatory system, it has the potential to lower cholesterol through proper heart function and blood circulation. At the same time, its ability to decrease blood sugar levels means it can aid the body in glycemic control, as well as hormone regulation—two essential elements of proper glucose tolerance.
With an ability to help cleanse the body and maintain its many systems, Milk Thistle Powder is a powerful ally in the fight against free radicals and other harmful foreign bodies in the environment. There’s even research to suggest that these very same properties hold several anti-aging effects, which may reduce the risk of some serious disorders, such as vision loss, heart disease, joint pain, and sore muscles.
The recommended dosage of Milk Thistle Powder is 140 – 800mg per day, as the amount will vary depending on the sought-after result.
- While it can be diluted into a tincture or brewed into a tea, it can also be added juices, smoothies, shakes, and other healthful beverages.
- For an unconventional delight, we suggest sprinkling a bit into your favorite spice blend and mixing it into a burger, marinade or salad dressing.
- For even faster intake, you can also make your own Milk Thistle Powder capsules by utilizing one of our easy-to-use capsule filling machines.
Native to southern Europe, Milk Thistle Powder has long been valued for its proposed medicinal qualities. In Roman times, Milk Thistle was often used to treat people who had been bitten by poisonous snakes. Though, curiously enough, it’s also said that men could wear it around their necks to inspire aggression amongst snakes and other beasts. Despite this contradiction, Pliny the Elder, a Roman naturalist, praised the plant for its effective healing abilities.
Milk Thistle even became popular in America in the early-1900s, as those who practiced within the Ecletics branch of medicine would commonly prescribe it as a remedy for various internal ailments. Today, it continues to fly under the radar as a valuable, but not well-known, herb that is believed to be as versatile as they come.
If stored correctly, our Milk Thistle Powder has a shelf life of up to 2 years. To maintain its freshness, it is recommended to always reseal the bag after opening it and removing as much air from the bag as possible. Store in room temperature, away from any heat source or sunlight.