Milk Thistle Seed
1 oz. whole seed
Milk Thistle protects the liver against a wide variety of environmental toxins. It has the unique ability to alter the membranes of the hepatocytes (the primary functional cells of the liver), rendering them less permeable, thereby preventing toxic substances from penetrating the liver. Milk Thistle is a strong antioxidant (far more potent than vitamin E) that prevents damage to the liver from free radical activity. It also prevents the depletion of glutathione (a chemical intricately involved in the liver’s detoxifying action). In addition, Milk Thistle has a particularly strong action in preventing damage from lipid peroxides (ingested poor-quality fats). Just as important as Milk Thistle’s protective effects on the liver are its regenerative effects. It is rare to find a substance that offers these effects, and that is why Milk Thistle is such a uniquely important herb in our herbal material medica. By stimulating the synthesis of proteins in the liver, Milk Thistle promotes cell reproduction in a damaged liver. This is the basis of its use as a tonic in those individuals recovering from liver damage from alcohol, drugs, toxic substances such as the Deathcap mushroom (Amanita phalloides), pharmaceutical drugs, anesthetics, and steroids or, more commonly, damage (both subtle and obvious) incurred by solvents, fumes, pesticides, and other chemical pollutants. Life is even better with herbs.
In a coffee grinder or high-powered blender, grind seeds into a powder. Add to smoothies, cereal, etc. Keep refrigerated in a glass jar. Only grind as much as you will use for about a week.
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