Herb of the Day: Milk Thistle

Milk thistle is loved by herbalists for a variety of uses including detoxification, Alzheimer's support and more.

Milk thistle is a common herb with a long list of uses. Related to the Daisy and Ragweed families it is native to the Mediterranean, though you can find it grown all over the world. Some people also call it Mary or Holy thistle.

Traditional Uses:

  • Liver conditions
  • Milk production in breastfeeding mothers
  • Reducing insulin resistance
  • Reducing cancer growth
  • Alzheimer’s
  • High cholesterol
  • Detoxing
  • Skin condition (especially those related to liver problems)

For the Liver

A good deal of research has been done on the benefits of milk thistle for those with liver diseases. A study out of Germany found that signs of liver damage and protect the liver from hepatotoxic agents.  It is able to better improve liver function due to its ability to promote cell regeneration.

The Plant

Milk thistle produces a red-purple flower that blooms from summer through fall. The roots can be eaten raw, or boiled the flower heads are soaked the remove the bitterness and stewed.  The active ingredient Silymarin is not soluble in water and therefore inactive when taken in the form of tea.

Milk Thistle and TriLight Health

You can find milk thistle in MegaMam.


MegaMam is for first-time mothers or those having difficulty with milk production for nursing, MegaMam contains herbs traditionally used to increase milk and aid relaxation.

My wife had to use this product for our first child. It works wonderfully and is safe. I now recommend it to any mother that needs a little “boost” to get the food going for their newborns. Thanks for a great product!”

– Dr. Kyle Denholm D.C.

How Do You Use Milk Thistle?

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