Did You Know That Milk Thistle Helps Regenerate The Liver?

Milk thistle could be beneficial to prevent the absorption of excess iron

Did you know that the liver has the ability to regenerate itself? This function is vital for the health of this fundamental organ. In addition, it gives hope to many people who suffer from problems in it. However, on the other hand there are also diseases that can damage this function, so it may be positive to introduce some natural remedies. However, it is essential to consult the doctor before any symptoms of liver problem and follow his advice.

Milk thistle could have the property of promoting self-regeneration of the liver.  In this article we explain why and how we can consume it to take full advantage of its benefits.

The liver regenerates itself

The liver has the amazing ability to regenerate itself. That is, if cells of this organ die or a part has to be removed, new cells are naturally created. This is stated in the following article.

The problem is that some liver diseases affect this ability, and in some cases cancel it permanently. Therefore, it is convenient to take care of the liver so that it continues to renew itself.

Why do you have to take care of the liver?


The liver is the largest organ and one of the most important that we have. In fact, its functions include producing energy from ingested nutrients, eliminating toxins and helping the digestion process. In addition, our bad habits, poor diet or negative emotions directly harm it.

Milk thistle

Milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is a plant that can grow up to two meters. It has large curved spikes, leaves with white spots, and fuchsia or purple flowers.

We find it easily next to roads and highways, in dry and rugged lands.

Among its components we find vitamin C, minerals such as magnesium, potassium, calcium or selenium, linoleic acid, flavonoids such as quercetin, etc.

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Popular knowledge recommends the intake of this plant for the following ailments:

  • Hepatitis
  • Cirrhosis
  • Gallstones
  • Fatty liver
  • Jaundice
  • Liver failure

However, it is a natural remedy that should not replace pharmacological treatment. On the other hand, it is interesting to consult the doctor and follow his instructions before any symptoms of liver problems.

How do we take it?

First of all, if we do not suffer from any liver disease we can take a daily infusion of milk thistle before going to bed.

On the other hand, if we want to do a treatment we will resort to the extract, tincture or capsules or tablets of this plant, following the indications and doses of the manufacturer and the doctor.

If we have this accessible plant we must also know that it is edible. We remove the skewers and we can consume its leaves raw or boiled, and the flowers and roots always boiled.

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Important warnings

Some people can tolerate milk thistle negatively and suffer indigestion, headaches, heartburn, diarrhea, joint pain or sexual dysfunction.

It can also interfere with blood glucose levels, so we recommend consulting a doctor beforehand before treatment.

To keep in mind!

According to science, milk thistle is a plant that has beneficial properties for the liver of some animals. However, these results cannot be extrapolated to humans.

Trials are needed to affirm its possible benefits for our body beyond acting as an iron chelator.

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