Milk thistle is a flowering plant that belongs to the botanical family of silybum and bears the botanical name Silybum Marianum.
This plant exudes a milky liquid that gives it all the healthy nutrients used to treat chronic liver disease.
Gjembgomari is often found in the wild in all Albanian territories and is heavily exported to foreign markets.
The extract of sea buckthorn, which is prepared from the seeds of the plant, helps with the detoxification process and serves as a tonic for the liver, repairing its damage.
Burdock has also been used to treat liver cirrhosis, fatty liver, liver poisoning and viral hepatitis.
St. John’s wort is also effective in avoiding the side effects of painkillers.
The main antioxidant component of the plant extract is known as silymarin and prevents the growth of harmful cells in the prostate, breast and neck.
Milk thistle contains linoleic acid that may reduce the risk of heart disease. It keeps cholesterol and blood sugar levels under control in patients suffering from type 2 diabetes.
The extract from the leaves, berries and seeds of the plant containing silymarin can be made into a tea, capsule or tincture. Since the substance silymarin does not dissolve in water, the benefits of milk thistle are limited.
For example, milk thistle tea values increase if you take it in concentrate form.
Milk thistle serves to detoxify the body from synthetic chemicals, metals and alcohol. In 1986, milk thistle was officially certified for the treatment of liver diseases.
Herbal products obtained from the above plant are available in regular pharmacies, herbal pharmacies and herbal medicine outlets.
A tea is obtained from dry thistle, where you need a handful of plants per cup to be drunk twice a day under the consultation of a doctor.
It repairs cells and encourages their growth
The active ingredient in milk thistle, which is responsible for protecting the liver, is silymarin. It helps repair liver cells damaged by alcohol and other toxic substances, stimulating protein synthesis.
By changing the outer layer of liver cells, silymarin prevents toxins from entering them. In addition, silymarin encourages the growth of liver cells, reduces inflammation and protects cells from free radicals.
Liver diseases caused by alcohol
Five of seven studies on the value of milk thistle against alcohol-induced liver disease found that this herb significantly improved liver function.
Meanwhile, in patients who were in a more advanced stage of the disease – where the liver damage is irreparable and the organ has practically reached its end – donkey’s milk had no effect.
An animal-based study found that silymarin had the same efficacy as a specified cholesterol-lowering drug called probucol, but with an added value for increasing good cholesterol. However, further studies are needed to reach a final conclusion.