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Nature's Temple / St Mary’s Thistle

St Mary’s Thistle

(Silybum marianum)

Parts Used: Fruit/Seeds

Active Constituents:

Flavolignans (including silybin, silydianin, silychristin, collectively known as silymarin), flavonoids (including silymarine), bitter principles, amines (including tyramine and histamine) and poly acetylenes).

Main Actions:

  • Hepatoprotective (Liver protective)
  • Digestive Tonic
  • Galactagogue (promotes lactation)
  • Anti-Inflammatory

Major Safety Issues:

  • Should be avoided by people who are taking insulin or oral hypoglycaemics.
  • Use in caution in individuals who are sensitive to members of the Asteraceae family.
  • Should be avoided during pregnancy and used with caution during breastfeeding.