milk thistle seed


Part used Seed extract
  • Most effective as gel-cap extract  in combination with soy lecithin: phosphatylcholine enhances absorption of active component silymarin in GI tract and delivers to tissues (combination called silipide and labelled phytosome)
  • Less effective as tea or as seed
  • Hepaprotective and treats liver disorders
  • Regulates fat digestion, stabilizes blood sugar, reduces intestinal inflammation, promotes excretion of some hormones
  • Prevents altitude sickness

Adapted from:

Balch, P.A. (2002). Prescription for herbal healing. New York, NY: Avery books

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