Key Health Benefits
Milk thistle is best known for its concentration of silymarin, a complex that is composed of several flavolignans. Silymarin has been studied for its capacity to protect liver cells from chemical damage. Modern research confirms that the herb can restore liver function that has been impaired by disease (such as viral hepatitis) or by exposure to toxins (including alcohol and acetaminophen)1.
Not Sure How to Use Milk Thistle?
Here are a few ways to incorporate Milk Thistle into your everyday ritual
Botanica Milk Thistle Liquid Capsules
Botanica Milk Thistle Liquid Herb
Botanica Daily Detox Shot
What is it?
Potent and highly-concentrated milk thistle in a liquid capsule.
Concentrated milk thistle extract in an organic alcohol tincture.
It's like kombucha infused with herbs and fermented for months instead of days.
Milk Thistle per Serving
150mg concentrated milk thistle extract per capsule; equal to 8100mg of dry milk thistle. Take 3 capsules daily.
250mg milk thistle per ml. Take 1.5-3ml four times daily.
400mg milk thistle per shot (20ml).
If you are seeking a higher concentration of milk thistle, prefer the convenience of a capsule or travel regularly, this one's for you.
If you are a herb nerd and want fast acting milk thistle, as well as the ability to customize your dose on-going, the tincture is the right option for you.
If you have leaky gut or digestive challenges and are looking for a dose of living probiotics with your milk thistle, the shot is the one for you.
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Historic references date back as far as 2000 years of medicinal use, but it was largely in Germany in the mid-19th century when milk thistle gained popularity. It was commonly used to cure jaundice, as well as liver and gallbladder disorders, including hepatitis. White veins give the leaves a diffusely mottled appearance and were historically thought to represent the Virgin Mary’s milk2, and therefore commonly used as a galactagogue to support milk production in lactating women.
Nutrition Artisan: Kefiplant
Growing – Our Milk thistle seed is harvested at its peak therapeutic activity from the Central USA. It is cultivated on an organic farm, from a grower that we have worked with for over 10 years. Milk thistle is grown to seed stage, then harvested, and cleaned within a couple weeks. A seed cleaner is used to clean the seed and then packaged for fermentation and bottling in Quebec.
Making – The milk thistle seeds are decocted into an herbal tea and combined with a unique symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast. Along with some organic sugar to feed the fermentation process, the mix is sealed and left to ferment for several months. The final product has been transformed into a live fermented vinegar, rich in vitamins B, probiotics, organic acids, and live enzymes. The herbs are tested for purity, including for contaminants such as herbicides, pesticides, molds, microbes, aflatoxins, and heavy metals.
McCaleb R, Leigh E, Morien K. The Encyclopedia of Popular Herbs, Prima Health, 1999
Godfrey A, Saunders PR. Principles and Practices of Naturopathic Botanical Medicine, 2010, CCNM Press, p 380