• Used to improve liver function and protect it from toxic substances
Directions: Grind milk thistle seed in a coffee grinder or spice mill, and add the ground seeds to shakes or cereals.
To prepare milk thistle tea, add one cup of boiling water to one teaspoon of ground seeds, and steep for 15 minutes.
The whole seeds can be toasted and added to salads, breads and cereals.
There are reasons to use the milk thistle seed (whole or ground) rather than silymarin extract (extract made from milk thistle seed). Even when an herb is used to treat a serious health condition, the whole herb often has a more balanced effect. The milk thistle extract silymarin, for instance, has proven usefulness in treating liver disease. The drawback to using silymarin is that, if the doctor prescribes other drugs, such as steroids, silymarin can interfere with the liver's ability to detoxify them. Milk thistle seed has the same healing effect on the liver without interfering with the organ's ability to detoxify drugs or environmental chemicals, and a side benefit of normalizing blood lipids as the liver heals.
Like silymarin extract, milk thistle seed can cause mild diarrhea by stimulating the release of bile. This effect is most notable if there is a high-fat diet.
Orrs’ Trading Company does not intend to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure through the sale of this herb. Use at your own risk.