ORGANIC MILK THISTLE SEED, whole
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Botanical Name: Silybum marianum
Origin: Croatia / Turkey / China / Austria
Production: Milk thistle has red/purple flowers and shiny green leaves. Seeds are harvested by removing flower heads in the late spring or early summer at the end of the growing season, drying, and then removing seeds.
Qualities: Milk thistle has been used for over 2000 years as a herbal treatment for a variety of ailments including kidney, liver, and gallbladder problems. Several scientific studies suggest that components in milk thistle (specifically the flavonoid silymarin) protect the liver from toxins.
Common Use: The seeds are most commonly used to make teas (see our Liver Tea Blend), tinctures, and infusions, but they can also be used as a food. They contain 25% protein and have a nutty flavor similar to flax seeds. They can be used raw or toasted in cereals, loaves of bread, smoothies, shakes, and salads.
Storage: Store in a cool, dark, dry location in a sealed container.
Safety: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only and has not been evaluated by the CFIA or FDA. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This product has been packaged in the same facility as peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, and other potential allergens.
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Protect your liver
My husband is on 3 medications that could potentially damage his liver. He uses 2 heaping tablespoons of ground up milk thistle every morning. So far so good. His liver enzymes have remained well within the normal range for the two years he has been on this treatment!
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I ground the milk thistle seed in my coffee grinder to make a powder to sprinkle on my breakfast - it was great! Love the nutty flavour, and the added bonus that I'm helping to cleanse my liver gently every day. Thank-you OM Foods!