Milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is a plant that many of us consider to be an ordinary thistle. Often it attracts the eye with beautiful purple flowers, but its health properties are usually unknown. Time to change it, because this plant is a real phenomenon.
The beneficial effect of milk thistle was already known more than 2,000 years ago. Milk thistle comes from the Mediterranean, from where it spread throughout Europe. In Poland, it is grown for medicinal purposes on a large scale, but until now knowledge about how to eat milk thistle was not common and limited to homeopaths and bioenergotherapists. Fortunately, this has changed, and milk thistle can be bought in health food stores.
Milk thistle definitely deserves more attention, after all it has a protective effect on our liver. It contains silymarin, a substance that is used in the treatment of various liver dysfunctions, ranging from diseases caused by excessive consumption of alcohol, drugs, or other drugs, through hepatitis A, B and C, stones or pain associated with abnormal, highly processed diet. Silymarin stabilizes blood sugar levels, so it is recommended for people suffering from diabetes, regulates the endocrine system of men and women by removing from the body substances similar to estrogen.
Milk thistle is protective when using long-lasting pharmacotherapy, for example in the treatment of cancer and antibiotic treatments. Cleans the body of toxins and detoxifies. The popular pharmacy drug Sylimarol recommended for the liver is based on spotted milk thistle.
Not just for the liver
The positive effect of milk thistle on our health is not limited to the liver. The thistle seed also works on the brain, enhancing the ability to concentrate. Milk thistle contains a lot of antioxidants and vitamin E - called the vitamin of youth. Its regular consumption makes the skin elastic, improves its density and firmness. This plant supports the natural regenerative capacity of the epidermis, soothes irritations and unifies the skin tone.
How do you use milk thistle to feel better and improve the condition of your skin?
How to use milk thistle?
It is best to reach for the ground grain yourself. Why? Ground milk thistle, very quickly loses its valuable properties. It's best to grind a small batch of whole grains before each consumption.
Milk thistle can be added to almost everything. The recommended amount is 1-2 teaspoons per day. Are you wondering how to use ground milk thistle? Very simply. It can be sprinkled with sandwiches, added to flour, from which bread is baked. It also goes well with milk meals, vegetable salads, soups and sauces. It also works well as a component of dough for pancakes or waffles - it will give them an interesting taste, with a light, nutty aftertaste.
Stress, improper diet, pace of life and ubiquitous chemistry make our liver more and more burdened. Even if the effects of these negative phenomena are still not felt, in a few years they can lead to serious diseases. Even if we are aware of the consequences, changing the lifestyle is not always so easy. Most often it ends with good intentions and after a while we return to old habits. And that it is better to prevent than to cure, so start using the milk thistle as soon as possible. It's a small cost, and the best investment in your own health. Without a doubt: milk thistle must be included in your diet!