Milk Thistle Seed Powder
Botanical Name - Silybum marianum
Other Names - Holy thistle, Lady's Thistle, Mary thistle, Marian thistle
Origin - Bulgaria
Flavor Profile - Pleasant, with a slightly nutty flavor.
Culinary - Sprinkle directly into foods, such as smoothies, hot cereals, soups and stews. The powder may also be encapsulated.
Milk thistle seeds are pleasant tasting and a good source of protein and amino acids. Milk thistle seeds contain up to 3% flavonolignans, primarily silybin A and B, a mixture referred to as silibinin. Other compounds include isosilybin A and B, silychristin and silydianin. These agents are together known as silymarin. The seeds also contain up to 30% fatty oil, vitamin E and the flavonoids apigenin, quercetin, taxifolin and naringenin.
Cosmetic Usages - Use milk thistle seed to make poultices and skin washes. The powder may also be infused with oil for making salves and ointments.
Precautions - May cause stomach upset and/or diarrhea. This herb should not be used during pregnancy or if there is a history of liver, gallbladder or kidney disease. Do not use milk thistle products if you take other medicines without first consulting your physician because compounds in this herb may interfere with the absorption of pharmaceutical medications metabolized the liver enzyme
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