Nutritional Supplements Library
Milk thistle (Silybum marianum)
What is milk thistle?
Milk thistle is a plant native to regions of the Mediterranean; it can also be found growing throughout the world from Europe to Asia, and from Africa to North America. This stout thistle usually grows in dry, sunny areas. The stem branches at the top, and it reaches a height of 4 to 10 feet. The leaves are wide compared to other plants of its species and have white blotchy veins. The flowers consist of tubular florets. The fruit is a black achene with a white pappus. Many herbalists and medical practitioners believe that milk thistle can help protect the liver from damage caused by alcohol, chemicals, drugs, diseases, and toxic plants.
What is the effective dosage milk thistle supplementation?
The effective dosage of milk thistle is generally 12 to 15 grams of dried herb (200 to 400 mg silymarin) per day or silymarin-phosphatidylcholine complex 100 to 200 mg two times per day.
What are the benefits of milk thistle supplementation?
• Milk thistle has antioxidant & anti-inflammatory properties.
• It encourages liver cell growth.
• It minimizes liver damage.
• It is good tonic for liver.
What are the side effects of milk thistle supplementation?
The only common side effect that has been reported following supplementation with milk thistle is a mild laxative effect. There are no known interactions of milk thistle with any drugs.