What is Milk Thistle?
Milk Thistle, also known as Silybum marianum, is a flowering herb of the Asteraceae family (which also includes sunflowers and daisies) that may possess oxidation balancing properties. Native to Mediterranean countries, the Milk Thistle plant is noted for its red or purple flowers, pale green leaves and white veins. The name "Milk Thistle" refers to these white veins as well as the milky-white liquid that seeps from the plant's leaves when they are crushed.
Traditionally, Milk Thistle has a history of usage in the Middle East and Europe as well as noted appearances in traditional Chinese practices and Ayurveda that dates back almost 2000 years. The most common documented Milk Thistle uses in traditional practices are its ability to act as an all natural detoxifier and support liver health.
Milk Thistle Benefits and Uses
Uses and benefits of Milk Thistle may include:
- Support healthy liver function
- Support cardiovascular health
- Support a healthy immune system and cellular function
- Support a healthy metabolism and promotes weight loss
- Support cognitive function
What is Silymarin?
Silymarin is the active extract ingredient that is believed to be responsible for Milk Thistle's benefits. Silymarin is comprised of the following flavonolignans listed below which are considered unique to the Milk Thistle plant:
- Silybinin (diastereoisomeric blend of Silybinin A and Silybinin B)
- Isosilibin (Isosilybin A and Isosilybin)
- Taxifolin (Quercetin conjugate known as Dihydroquercetin)
Why Choose a 4:1 Milk Thistle Extract?
While Milk Thistle seeds can be eaten raw or made into tea or tincture, most people choose to take a high quality Milk Thistle supplement in order to obtain a higher concentrated dose of the active ingredient silymarin. Because of this, Nootropics Depot chooses to only offer a 4:1 ethanol extract of Milk Thistle, which provides concentrated amounts of the active, beneficial ingredient silymarin. Unfortunately, other Milk Thistle supplements on the market are either not a true extract, or use more volatile solvents in the extraction process. Using ethanol to create a 4:1 extract is not the cheapest extraction method, but leads to the best Milk Thistle supplement available on the market. Additionally, it is important to note that most clinical studies regarding Milk Thistle use an ethanol extract that features high concentrations of silymarin.
Milk Thistle Dosage
As a dietary supplement, take 250mg of Milk Thistle Extract once daily.
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Where to Buy Milk Thistle Extract?
Nootropics Depot offers 30g or 60g jars of high quality Milk Thistle Powder (4:1 Extract). Nootropics Depot's Milk Thistle has been lab-tested and verified for both product purity and identity.
Also Known As: Marian thistle, Mary thistle, St Mary’s thistle, Our Lady’s thistle, Holy thistle, Sow thistle, Blessed Virgin thistle, Christ’s crown, Venue thistle, Heal thistle, Variegated Thistle, Silybum marianum
Attention: This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. It has not been approved, nor have these statements been evaluated, by the FDA.