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Hey, guys, Dr. Axe here, founder of
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. Also, hey, if you want to learn more about
milk thistle, just Google search my name. I’ve got a really advanced article on this. So, Google online “Dr. Axe milk thistle” and
you’ll find some more information there about the powerful benefits of milk thistle and
how to get it into your diet. Hi, Dr. Axe here. I want to say thanks so much for checking
out this YouTube video and also don’t forget to subscribe if you want to get more great
content on things like herbs, essential oils, natural remedies, and how to use food as medicine. Also, check out more of our content on my
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100 thoughts on “Milk Thistle Benefits for Detoxification, Cancer Prevention and Diabetes

  1. Thanks Dr. Axe. I am suffering from estrogen dominance and trying to get pregnant. Can I take milk thistle supplements or tea?

  2. Thanks for the videos Dr. Axe! Also loved learning from you on the thetruthaboutcancer. God bless you and your family!

  3. Thanks DR. Axe I was wondering about this plant, after I saw that it may aide in cancer reduction/Prevention during chemo.

  4. thank you doc, would this be any help for lymphorrhea, which i have just been diagnosed with, with my lymphedema –any help would be appriciated

  5. I take milk thistle every morning and evening because I'm on a lot of meds for my back, hopefully it'll reduce some of the potential damage done to my body. I use essential oils also but unfortunately I need my medications!

  6. Thank you for educating us so we can make more informed choices for our well being Listening from Trinidad West Indies

  7. Dr.Axe, do you have any advise on using organic wheatgrass powder for oral health? I've heard it has great health benefits using it as a mouth rinse and have heard it's better than coconut oil.

  8. Nice video Dr Axe. I only look at your youtube channel en from Dr. John Berman.
    I use chlorella, Milk Thistle in capsule form and somthimes spirulina.
    I'm checking to not use any medicine and high frotose corn syrup.
    I lose weight. from 101 kg to 89 in 3 weeks.
    For food I use only curcuma poeder, salt and basil.

    Thx a lot. I'm all fit and healthy 😉 Your liver is just one of the organs you need to bechecked

  9. I've heard that milk thistle can help prevent/treat nausea and vomiting of pregnancy. Is there any truth in that?

  10. Good info. Maybe? Just maybe, you might be eating too much fat. Too much fat stresses the gallbladder and liver, which results in redness, blotchiness or pimples on the cheeks and between the eyes. Maybe?

  11. Ive used other liver detox foods and supplements like NAC, tumeric, garlic, evoo, and peppermint tea no problem. However Milk Thistle even after one pill i am extremely moody and have brain fog for the rest of the day. Is it truly a detox or is there a chance milk thistle is rhe issue?

  12. Why does he say the best form is either capsules or tea? I think it would be the pure liquid extract (alcohol free).

  13. My problem with this channel and his site are so many generic statements. It's been show to cure cancer or liver disease. That's not enough. Where are the studies. What are the doses? What are the side effects?

  14. Hey doctor axe. Im wondering if you have done any videos on saw palmetto? Would love to learn more about that. This video was great and full of great info. Thank you

  15. I want to use this but i am taking ala time release 300mg. Will it have any side effects if i use both milk thistle n ala

  16. This is awesome!!!! I am a young adult who has had liver failure and a blood disease. My mother has always had her herbs. She taught me about most of the "weeds" on this earth. We make our own teas, smokeable herbs, tinctures, smudges, scrubs, oils, creams, and even more. So to say I'm curing myself with milkthistle.

  17. Dr Axe, you are from TN??? My wife and I were there last week. We were looking around Cookeville as a place to live and go to school. Couldn't believe the beauty of TN and all the wateralls. Should've known you were from TN : ) Thanks for all the info.

  18. Hi dr Axe does milk thistle oil have any health benefits when consumed? I can't find related video on YouTube about milk thistle oil. Thanks

  19. Silymarin, the key active compound in milk thistle, is one of the most potent liver protective substances known. Silymarin has been shown to increase glutathione production in the liver by around 30%, thus increasing the antioxidant and detoxification capabilities….

  20. Schizandra and He Shou Wu are said to be be even more powerful Liver Aids and detoxifiers than Milk thistle. Just thought i'd throw that in. Any one of them would be good 🙂

  21. I just bought this and received it today in capsule form. The reason I bought it is because there’s a mysterious situation going on with my liver where all of my blood testing relevant to my liver and more testing is required because I do not and have not drank alcohol and so the doctor knows for sure it wouldn’t be damage from that. Now my health is horrific with extremely high cholesterol and high blood pressure, I also have a very defeated immune system and so I feel sick constantly. I took my first capsule today but I’m really hoping this does wonders for my liver whatever is wrong with it because I’m honestly nervous at this point. Can anyone tell me if there are any negative side effects with this supplement?

  22. I took milk thistle and forgot that i was an American slave, and owning property was a dream!!! So awesome!! To forget youl never own anything but debt, isnt that incredible?

  23. A friend of mine who drinks quite regularly and has for quite some time started taking milk thistle seed powder. He mixes 1-2 teaspoons in water every morning. He went for a checkup and based on the test, the doctor congratulated him on quitting drinking. He didn’t. I work in a bar and it’s basically an everyday thing for me. I just started taking it and plan to go see how my liver is once I get health insurance. Will report back with my own findings.
    The powder has an interesting flavor. It’s subtly spicy and slightly earthy. I enjoy drinking it in the morning. Use warm/hot water. It mixes in better.

  24. So milk thistle + choline + intermittent fasting = I can reverse the effect on my liver from all the booze I drank in my 20s? 🤣

  25. Does this Help the gallbladder function too? My HIDA result show injection reduction is 27% which is too low. Any advise or supplements for function ? I don’t want to remove my gallbladder yet.

  26. Thank you for this information.
    I am breast cancer patient and after just one chemo session. my liver’s showing signs of damage. So hopefully this will help.

    Thank you

  27. I just bought a bottle of milk thistle for my cat in the hopes it save her life. Any dosage info for the masses? And since each capsule is powder filled, should I dilute with a little water and feed it to her with a syringe? Each capsule is 250mg, she’s 5lbs and I believe it’s 100mg for her. I hope it will help her. 😞🙏🏽💗

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