Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) supports hormonal balance. It is one of the best plants for liver health. Liver health is vital for hormonal balance. The liver helps to filter toxins from the body, including excess hormones. It is also commonly called Blessed Thistle, St. Mary’s Thistle, Marian Thistle, and Holy Thistle. The name Milk Thistle comes from its milky sap. Traditionally it is associated with increasing breast milk production, which may be another reason for its name. Milk thistle is an amazing detoxifier. It helps to eliminate toxins from the liver in particular and a healthy liver is essential for overall health and fertility. You will often find milk thistle in fertility cleanses and detoxes that you can do preconception or prior to starting fertility treatments.
The plant part used is the seed. Milk Thistle Seed Extract is part of our Fertility Cleanse Kits for both women and men. It is part of these kits because Milk Thistle Seed’s stimulate the liver to cleanse itself, while also stimulating it to renew liver cells. Milk Thistle seeds also stimulate the liver and gallbladder to secrete bile, aiding in digestion. Milk Thistle is the most protective plant for liver health! In fact, it is so protective of liver health, it is used to save people from Death Cap mushroom poisoning. It is also used to heal and protect the livers of people who have undergone chemotherapy.
The liver is our chemical processing plant. So you can imagine what must go on in there. The liver removes hormones, drugs, and other biologically active molecules from the blood. It then converts these by changing their structure or inactivating them, through different processes, and then excretes these to be passed through the kidneys. If there are too many excess toxins and hormones overwhelming the liver, they may be stored up, not only in the liver, but other parts of our body. Milk Thistle gives our liver the support and renewal it needs to function at its best!
Why Milk Thistle Seed Should Be a Part of Your Natural Fertility Plan
- Stimulates liver regeneration and cleansing.
- Flushes excess hormones from the liver.
- Flushes toxins from the liver.
- Heals the liver from toxin damage from alcohol, car exhaust, chemical pollution, etc.
- A clean liver aids in hormonal balance.
- Protects the liver from future toxin damage.
- Some research shows it is helpful for people with insulin resistance, including PCOS and type 2 diabetes.
Milk Thistle Increases Breast Milk Production
Fast forward, you are now pregnant and looking forward to meeting your baby. Are you planning to breastfeed? If so (highly recommended), consider having some Milk Thistle Seed Extract on hand in order to help support ample amounts of healthy breast milk for your baby! Milk Thistle has also been found to chase depression away. This makes it very helpful in preventing the baby blues, or postpartum depression.