Hey, guys, Dr. Axe here, founder of draxe.com and doctor of natural medicine. In this video I’ll be training you on the top benefits of milk thistle and how to use it and the best forms to use it in, all as part of this training video. And really milk thistle is an incredible herb/weed that’s been shown to detoxify the body. It’s also been shown to benefit and fight diabetes, cancer, neurological illness, liver disease, and a whole lot more, as you’re about to see. So, first let’s cover what is it and then I’m going to go over exactly how to use it. First thing, it’s a natural herb that has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. We know antioxidants protect the body.
We know that, also, reducing inflammation helps fight disease. In fact, listen to this, most diseases are inflammatory in nature. Rheumatoid arthritis is inflammation of your joints. Ulcerative colitis is inflammation of your colon. Anything with an «-itis» at the end, in Latin, means inflammation. Milk thistle reduces inflammation. Another unique fact about milk thistle is that it grows mostly in warm climates throughout North America. So, actually it’s grown in the largest amounts in California. That tends to be where it’s harvested and then turned into supplements. But also, I know throughout the Midwest, throughout the South, in fact, in my home state of Tennessee, milk thistle grows all over the place.
And a lot of people don’t realize but it’s actually a weed, but it’s medicine at the same time. So, another great thing about milk thistle is it actually contains a compound called Silymarin. And this compound has been shown to detoxify the liver. Now, think about all the toxins you’re exposed to on a daily basis, from pesticides in our food supply, hormones in our food supply, radiation from air planes, cell phones, computer screens, phone screens. We are bombarded with toxins and environmental pollutants every single day. The good news is that milk thistle helps detoxify your liver, which is something really everybody needs. Another thing you need to know about milk thistle is that it’s typically turned into an extract and a powder.
So, most the time it’s taken in capsule form. Sometimes you can also take it in liquid form. But again, the benefits of milk thistle, one here as well, is it actually helps with regeneration in the body. So, cellular regeneration, an incredible benefit there. So the first big benefit of milk thistle is, again, it supports detoxification of the liver and your liver needs all the help it can get, as we talked about, from environmental pollutants and the chemicals in our food supply. Also, it’s powerful at cancer prevention. In fact, listen to this. In one medical study, actually it was shown to help regenerate the liver. Absolutely incredible. We know that a lot of cancer today is caused by toxicity. So, milk thistle, by detoxing the body, it helps prevent cancer. And also, by acting as an antioxidant, it protects the body against cancer. Third big benefit is it controls diabetes. The rates of diabetes are soaring, both type 2, type 1, and often times referred to type 3 diabetes, diabetes with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
But we know that we want to keep insulin balance in the body. And if insulin gets imbalanced it can cause fatigue, it can cause weight gain and body fat storage. In order to combat that, you want to take milk thistle every single day and the typical recommended dose is 150mgs once to twice daily of milk thistle. But again, in clinical studies, it’s been shown to help balance diabetes. Also again, in using it, you typically want to take it in supplement form. Again, 150mgs a day, capsules or tablets are both great, or a liquid form. And again, you want to look for one where it says it has a certain amount of Silymarin, which is the active compound that’s so beneficial in milk thistle. Now, you can also take it in tea form. And this is one of my favorite ways to get milk thistle in my diet.
Now, you can actually buy the tops. Here you’ll see milk thistle typically has a bright purple leaf as its head and you can actually boil it in water or you can just get bags of tea and drink that throughout the day. Now I love making a detox tea where I mix milk thistle tea along with a little bit of lemon juice. You can also add in some other detoxifying herbs such as artichoke or bupleurum, which are famous in Chinese medicine, dandelion also works, and make a full-on detox tea, is great for your health. So remember these big benefits of milk thistle, number one liver detoxification, number two cancer prevention, number three helps control diabetes. The best forms are in a capsule form or a tea form. And you want to take 150mgs once to twice daily and by doing so, you’re protecting your body, you’re cleansing and regenerating your liver, and it’s going to help take your health to the next level here as well. By the way, if you’ve enjoyed this live training video, make sure to subscribe here to my YouTube channel.
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