Milk thistle seeds

Milk thistle seeds

(also known as Silybum marianum). Milk thistle gets its name from the milky-white liquid that runs off of the plant’s leaves when they’re crushed. The actual leaves of the plant also have a spotted white pattern that makes them look as if they’ve been dunked in milk.

Milk thistle has been used for over 2,000 years. The plant is native to the Mediterranean region and a member of the Asteraceae plant family, which also includes other plants like sunflowers and daisies. The Greek physician and botanist Dioscorides was the first to describe milk thistle’s healing properties back in the year 40 A.D.

These beautiful brown oblong shaped seeds are known to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects that protect our liver cells. The seeds contain the highest concentrations of the active compound, silymarin. Silymarin is an antioxidant that reduces free radical production and oxidative damage. It may also inhibit the binding of toxins to the liver.  It is the most common natural supplement for liver disorders in the U.S. due to its many health benefits.

The liver constantly works hard to help defend us from toxins that are common in our everyday life, acting like a filter and removing harmful substances from the body. Milk thistle benefits have been shown to include decreasing, or even reversing, damage to the liver.  Since we value our liver so much because of all the work it does to detoxify chemicals that enter our body, we felt it was very important to add Milk thistle seeds to our Detox blend.

Detox is perfect anytime you are feeling a need to cleanse the body and rid it of any excess toxins we might have accumulated through poor diet.

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