Did you know…? Milk thistle has been used as a herbal remedy for a variety of ailments for 2,000 years, with references dating back to the first century. The Saxons used its seeds to treat infectious diseases caught from rabid animal bites, and believed the plant warded off snakes when worn around the neck! By the 19th century, German physicians recommended milk thistle for the treatment of liver problems and intestinal cleansing. Several studies suggest that milk thistle, specially its main ingredient silymarin, can protect the liver from toxins, although results in human studies are mixed.
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