1. Milk thistle protects your liver
Milk thistle provides many health benefits for your liver and there are various studies confirming its healing effects. According to a study by VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, milk thistle can promote liver health in liver transplant patients.
Another study by University Magna Graecia in Italy highlights that it can also be used to treat alcoholic liver disease as well as various toxin-induced diseases.
Liver related conditions indicating the use of milk thistle are varied, including, but not limited to:
-Chronic active hepatitis
-Drug and alcohol induced liver damage
-Acute viral hepatitis
-Fatty liver, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)
-Fibrosis and Cirrhosis
-Hepatic toxicity caused by steroid usage
-Environmental sensitivities and toxins
-A medical condition that necessitates the use of hepatotoxic medications
-Regular moderate-to-heavy alcohol use
2. Milk thistle protects your heart too
By lowering high cholesterol and raising the levels of beneficial cholesterol, milk thistle can decrease the risk of atherosclerosis, a disease that causes your arteries to be blocked. In addition to that, a research conducted by China-Japan Research Institute of Medical and Pharmaceutical Sciences discovered that the silibinin, found in milk thistle, has a protective effect against injuries to cardiac muscle cells.
3. Milk thistle helps in controlling blood sugar levels
Milk thistle is a herb rich in anti-oxidants, and thanks to their existence, this herb can help regulate blood sugar levels. A 4-month study on 51 type II diabetic patients confirmed that these anti-oxidant properties had a beneficial effect on the glycemic profile of the patients.
Another study conducted at Anti-Diabetes Centre in Italy on patients with cirrhosis and type II diabetes who developed insulin resistance showed a significant improvement in insulin resistance due to 12-month therapy with milk thistle.
4. Milk thistle helps to prevent and treat cancer
There is evidence that milk thistle can inhibit the growth of cancer cells in prostate, skin, breast and cervical cells. Furthermore, the combination of milk thistle and selenium has been proven to reduce markers that are associated with prostate cancer progression, as reported by the Department of Urology at University Hospital in the Czech Republic.
5. Milk thistle protects your brain
It has been found that milk thistle has neuroprotective properties and the evidence suggest that such properties may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease, as study conducted in Tokyo suggests.
6. Milk has anti-aging effects
This herb can also help in reducing aging effects visible on your skin. As this study suggest, by taking milk thistle, you can reduce skin damage, dark spots, wrinkles, lines and discoloration.
7. Milk thistle improves bone health
Milk thistle has beneficial effects on bone formation, and evidence suggests it may help both build bone and prevent bone loss. It is also effective in preventing osteoporosis due to estrogen deficiency, which would be of great benefit to postmenopausal women.