Name (common): St. Mary’s Thistle

Botanical Name: Silybum marianum

Synonyms: Milk thistle, Holy thistle, Silybum


General description:

St Mary’s thistle has a long history of traditional use since ancient times. It has also been the focus of a large number of scientific studies.


Functions and general science:

Traditionally St Mary’s thistle was used as a liver tonic.  Recent scientific research has also confirmed  the herb’s hepatoprotective benefits which can help to reduce the effects of environmental toxins in the body. One of the main active constituents in St Mary’s thistle is called silymarin, it has been shown to have antioxidant and free radical scavenging effects.

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The information provided in reference to this ingredient is general in nature and provided as information only. Any product specific therapeutic claims for this ingredient are linked to specific dosage requirements based on evidence of traditional or scientific nature.