Milk thistle is used to help with liver and gallbladder issues. This is because a primary ingredient in milk thistle is silymarin, an antioxidant that can be extracted from milk thistle seeds.
Taking milk thistle tablets is believed to contribute to the lowering of cholesteral and improved insulin resistance in those with type 2 diabetes.
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All you need to know about Milk Thistle
What are the benefits of milk thistle? Milk thistle supplements are used to treat problems with the gallbladder and liver, as milk thistle is high in antioxidant properties. It can also be used to treat problems with high cholesterol, as well as jaundice, hepatitis and diabetes (by decreasing blood sugar levels). You should always consult your GP before taking any supplements for an underlying health condition. What are the risks of taking milk thistle? Some people can be allergic to milk thistle, especially if they are allergic to kiwis, artichokes, marigolds, daisies and ragweed. Those with underlying health conditions such as endometriosis or diabetes should consult with their doctor before taking milk thistle. It also shouldn't be taken by pregnant women, unless approved by a GP. Some side effects include bloating, gastrointestinal discomfort, feeling sick and itchy skin. Milk thistle can also interact with some medications, including those for lowering blood pressure and cholesterol. Is milk thistle good for your heart? Milk thistle is known to reduce the chances of developing heart disease because of its ability to lower bad cholesterol levels in the body. People who have diabetes, and high cholesterol as a result, have shown improvements in their condition when taking milk thistle. Can I take a daily dose of milk thistle? You should always follow the recommended dose as stated by your doctor. If you take too much milk thistle, you may suffer from an allergic reaction, or symptoms such as nausea, headaches and an upset stomach.