Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) 50g
Milk Thistle is a biennial herb growing from 1 – 1.5 metres, bearing purple florets in spring/summer each year. Leaves can be eaten cooked as a type of spinach, while the young florets can be eaten like artichokes. The seeds contain a mixture of flavanolignans (2-3%) collectively known as silymarin. Milk Thistle seeds contain up to 30% proteins and 30% lipids.
Silymarin extracts are used for their hepatoprotective (liver protecting) properties, especially after poisoning with Amanita mushrooms. Also for chronic liver inflammation and cirrhosis. One part of silymarin, called silybinin, reactivates protein synthesis in the liver that is normally blocked by mushroom toxins.
50g seed (NOT TO WA)
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