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Growing Milk Thistle At Home

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • While most people actually consider milk thistle a pesky weed, and it can be quite invasive, its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-viral benefits make it worth keeping around
  • This tall, thorny herb with bright magenta or purple flowers has been around for more than 2,000 years and is highly regarded as a liver tonic due to a group of flavonoids known as silymarin
  • Silymarin supports the overall functioning of your liver, and can also be used therapeutically for cirrhosis of the liver, chronic liver inflammation and liver damage from alcohol and other toxic substances
  • Before attempting to grow milk thistle, check with your local cooperative extension office to ensure it is not considered an invasive species and therefore restricted in your area; if it is, you can still enjoy the many health benefits of milk thistle in capsule, extract, oil or powder form

Most people actually consider milk thistle a pesky weed, and while it can be quite invasive, it also possesses remarkable medicinal benefits that make it worth keeping around. Most notably, this tall, thorny herb with spiky flowers has been prized for centuries for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antiviral properties. It is also highly regarded as a liver tonic due to high amounts of a chemical compound known as silymarin.


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