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Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) is a flowering herb native to Mediterranean countries, though it’s now found throughout the world. It has a rich history in traditional medicine, particularly in European and Mediterranean cultures, where it has been used for centuries. One of the primary traditional uses of milk thistle was to support liver and gallbladder health. It was also used as a detoxifying agent, as it was thought to support the body’s overall detoxification processes, particularly related to the liver.

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The active ingredient of milk thistle is a mixture of plant compounds called silymarin, a standardized extract from the seeds. The most studied active constituent of silymarin is called silybin (or silibinin).

Milk Thistle contains flavonolignans (collectively known silymarin), flavonoids, and other compounds. Research evidence suggests that milk thistle:

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