Milk thistle (Silybum marianum) has been used for over 2,000 years as an herbal remedy for a variety of ailments, particularly liver, kidney, and gallbladder problems. Milk thistle is a powerful liver tonic used to treat liver cirrhosis, chronic hepatitis (liver inflammation), and gallbladder disorders.
Silymarin, the active component of Milk Thistle is composed of a group of flavonoids (silibinin, silidianin, and silicristin), powerful antioxidants that help fight to age and prevent diseases. Silymarin helps create new, healthy liver cells without encouraging any malignant liver tissue growth. It is also an antioxidant protecting liver cell from damage by free radicals. Silymarin can help reduce inflammation to treat hepatitis. Additionally, Milk Thistle can lower cholesterol levels, reduce insulin resistance and the effects of a hangover. Milk Thistle is a component of many energy drinks to keep users feeling energetic and refreshed.