Milk thistle is known as a common weed, but its useful properties are so great that it is used as a medicine in folk and traditional medicine. For more than 1000 years, humanity has known the usefulness of milk thistle, the beneficial properties of this grass are contained in its unique composition.
The composition of milk thistle
Thistle seeds contain more than two hundred different components that have a powerful healing effect on the human body, these are: macro- and microelements, silymarin, unique in its healing properties, silymarin, vitamins D, A, E, F, K, B vitamins, especially useful for nervous system.
One gram of milk thistle contains the following chemical elements:
- 16.6 mg of calcium
- 9.2 mg of potassium,
- 4.2 mg of magnesium,
- 0.08 mg of iron
- 0.1 mg manganese
- 1.16 mg of zinc
- 0.15 mg of chromium
- 22.9 mg of selenium,
- 0.09 mg iodine
- 22.4 mg boron.
Milk thistle is the strongest hepatoprotector
Silymarin, which is contained in the plant, is an effective therapeutic and prophylactic agent for diseases of the liver and gallbladder. Silymarin neutralizes the action of toxic substances that have a detrimental effect on the liver. Thanks to this substance, milk thistle can be used for the treatment of varicose veins, posthepatitis syndrome, chronic cholecystopathies, polyarthritis. Silymarin restores the cellular structure of the liver - prevents damage to the cell membrane and enhances its protective function.
Thistle seeds in dry form are recommended for treatment for hepatitis, cirrhosis, cholelithiasis, liver dystrophy, alcoholism and its consequences, poisoning with poisonous substances, and the consequences of their influence on the liver.
The impact of milk thistle on the body
A decoction of milk thistle seeds is used for toothache, diarrhea, varicose veins, to remove toxins from the blood and for diabetes. It also alleviates the condition of pregnant women with toxemia. Milk thistle can also be used to treat many skin diseases, namely acne, psoriasis, baldness, vitiligo.
A lot of healing properties has oil and meal from milk thistle. The oil contains many fat-soluble vitamins D, A, F, E, and a large amount of vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant. This vitamin neutralizes the destructive action of free radicals, which break down enzymatic reactions and thus harm the body. Vitamin E, which is also part of the milk Thistle oil, normalizes the work of the sex glands, both in men and women, strengthens the walls of capillary vessels, prolongs the period of remission in psoriasis, and treats many other diseases. The oil of this plant has a wound healing, anti-burn and hepatoprotective effect.
Meal (seeds ground in powdered mass), in addition to the vitamins already listed, contains almost the entire range of vitamin B necessary for the normalization of fat metabolism, nutrition of the nervous system, cardiac muscle, organs of vision and skin.
Meal and thistle oil have an anti-sclerotic effect on the body, but in different ways: meal - due to the increased fiber content that absorbs fatty acids, and oil - through vitamin F. Meal is an indispensable tool for constipation, as it stimulates intestinal motility.
Milk thistle is also valuable because its use does not cause any side effects, and has no contraindications.