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Milk Thistle Benefits for Detoxification, Cancer Prevention and Diabetes

August 25, 2019

Hey, guys, Dr. Axe here, founder of
and doctor of natural medicine. In this video I’ll be training you on the
top benefits of milk thistle and how to use it and the best forms to use it in, all as
part of this training video. And really milk thistle is an incredible herb/weed
that’s been shown to detoxify the body. It’s also been shown to benefit and fight
diabetes, cancer, neurological illness, liver disease, and a whole lot more, as you’re about
to see. So, first let’s cover what is it and then
I’m going to go over exactly how to use it. First thing, it’s a natural herb that has
antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. We know antioxidants protect the body. We know that, also, reducing inflammation
helps fight disease. In fact, listen to this, most diseases are
inflammatory in nature. Rheumatoid arthritis is inflammation of your
joints. Ulcerative colitis is inflammation of your
colon. Anything with an “-itis” at the end, in Latin,
means inflammation. Milk thistle reduces inflammation. Another unique fact about milk thistle is
that it grows mostly in warm climates throughout North America. So, actually it’s grown in the largest amounts
in California. That tends to be where it’s harvested and
then turned into supplements. But also, I know throughout the Midwest, throughout
the South, in fact, in my home state of Tennessee, milk thistle grows all over the place. And a lot of people don’t realize but it’s
actually a weed, but it’s medicine at the same time. So, another great thing about milk thistle
is it actually contains a compound called Silymarin. And this compound has been shown to detoxify
the liver. Now, think about all the toxins you’re exposed
to on a daily basis, from pesticides in our food supply, hormones in our food supply,
radiation from air planes, cell phones, computer screens, phone screens. We are bombarded with toxins and environmental
pollutants every single day. The good news is that milk thistle helps detoxify
your liver, which is something really everybody needs. Another thing you need to know about milk
thistle is that it’s typically turned into an extract and a powder. So, most the time it’s taken in capsule form. Sometimes you can also take it in liquid form. But again, the benefits of milk thistle, one
here as well, is it actually helps with regeneration in the body. So, cellular regeneration, an incredible benefit
there. So the first big benefit of milk thistle is,
again, it supports detoxification of the liver and your liver needs all the help it can get,
as we talked about, from environmental pollutants and the chemicals in our food supply. Also, it’s powerful at cancer prevention. In fact, listen to this. In one medical study, actually it was shown
to help regenerate the liver. Absolutely incredible. We know that a lot of cancer today is caused
by toxicity. So, milk thistle, by detoxing the body, it
helps prevent cancer. And also, by acting as an antioxidant, it
protects the body against cancer. Third big benefit is it controls diabetes. The rates of diabetes are soaring, both type
2, type 1, and often times referred to type 3 diabetes, diabetes with dementia and Alzheimer’s
disease. But we know that we want to keep insulin balance
in the body. And if insulin gets imbalanced it can cause
fatigue, it can cause weight gain and body fat storage. In order to combat that, you want to take
milk thistle every single day and the typical recommended dose is 150mgs once to twice daily
of milk thistle. But again, in clinical studies, it’s been
shown to help balance diabetes. Also again, in using it, you typically want
to take it in supplement form. Again, 150mgs a day, capsules or tablets are
both great, or a liquid form. And again, you want to look for one where
it says it has a certain amount of Silymarin, which is the active compound that’s so beneficial
in milk thistle. Now, you can also take it in tea form. And this is one of my favorite ways to get
milk thistle in my diet. Now, you can actually buy the tops. Here you’ll see milk thistle typically has
a bright purple leaf as its head and you can actually boil it in water or you can just
get bags of tea and drink that throughout the day. Now I love making a detox tea where I mix
milk thistle tea along with a little bit of lemon juice. You can also add in some other detoxifying
herbs such as artichoke or bupleurum, which are famous in Chinese medicine, dandelion
also works, and make a full-on detox tea, is great for your health. So remember these big benefits of milk thistle,
number one liver detoxification, number two cancer prevention, number three helps control
diabetes. The best forms are in a capsule form or a
tea form. And you want to take 150mgs once to twice
daily and by doing so, you’re protecting your body, you’re cleansing and regenerating your
liver, and it’s going to help take your health to the next level here as well. By the way, if you’ve enjoyed this live training
video, make sure to subscribe here to my YouTube channel. Also, hey, if you want to learn more about
milk thistle, just Google search my name. I’ve got a really advanced article on this. So, Google online “Dr. Axe milk thistle” and
you’ll find some more information there about the powerful benefits of milk thistle and
how to get it into your diet. Hi, Dr. Axe here. I want to say thanks so much for checking
out this YouTube video and also don’t forget to subscribe if you want to get more great
content on things like herbs, essential oils, natural remedies, and how to use food as medicine. Also, check out more of our content on my
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  • Reply BuddhaChick1111 Öm June 19, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    Been doing this for years!!!! Awesome stuff and it grows everywhere here in Wyoming! xo

  • Reply Mike M June 19, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    Does anyone know if you can take milk thistle with Tumeric, garlic and ginger?

  • Reply K. J. Botmang June 19, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    Bless you. I'm watching from France

  • Reply Kavita Gaur June 19, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    Thanks Dr. Axe. I am suffering from estrogen dominance and trying to get pregnant. Can I take milk thistle supplements or tea?

  • Reply Tahnee Poppy June 19, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    Thanks for the videos Dr. Axe! Also loved learning from you on the thetruthaboutcancer. God bless you and your family!

  • Reply Israel Ramos June 19, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    ya in the philippines we have that liveraid brand

  • Reply coquiangel June 19, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    Thanks DR. Axe I was wondering about this plant, after I saw that it may aide in cancer reduction/Prevention during chemo.

  • Reply coquiangel June 19, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    Also, what are the side effects?

  • Reply skyliz1 June 19, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    thank you doc, would this be any help for lymphorrhea, which i have just been diagnosed with, with my lymphedema –any help would be appriciated

  • Reply Keith Cee June 19, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    Thanks dr! Friggen love your content and videos. Priceless info !

  • Reply Mid West June 19, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    Although Milk Thistle is great in tea not so great to bare feet. Ouch!

  • Reply nhivu8 June 19, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    should teens or kids use it?

  • Reply Kirsty Macfarlane June 20, 2017 at 12:01 am

    I take milk thistle every morning and evening because I'm on a lot of meds for my back, hopefully it'll reduce some of the potential damage done to my body. I use essential oils also but unfortunately I need my medications!

  • Reply Mimi B June 20, 2017 at 1:41 am

    milk thistle n dandilions….seem to grow everwhere as weeds…..Oregon, check!

  • Reply reality check All June 20, 2017 at 2:14 am

    Thank you for educating us so we can make more informed choices for our well being Listening from Trinidad West Indies

  • Reply Frank Sam June 20, 2017 at 4:18 am

    Yes Randi, from candida die off

  • Reply killuminate peacefulness June 20, 2017 at 4:24 am

    awesome thanks for the info!

  • Reply saras vyas June 20, 2017 at 5:33 am

    thx for short video

  • Reply saras vyas June 20, 2017 at 5:34 am

    human body meant to b herbivorous our teeth intestine proof that fuck Meat now

  • Reply Ananth Prabhu June 20, 2017 at 7:35 am

    thanks doctor which brand is best?

  • Reply bm2g June 20, 2017 at 10:23 am

    it raises estrogen

  • Reply Hayel Barakat June 20, 2017 at 11:40 am

    Why you stopped writing summery in the description area??

  • Reply Truth Seeker09 June 20, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    Dr.Axe, do you have any advise on using organic wheatgrass powder for oral health? I've heard it has great health benefits using it as a mouth rinse and have heard it's better than coconut oil.

  • Reply Maribel Rivera June 20, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    Omg I love this channel you awesome 👏 greetings from Boston

  • Reply Quincy Kieft June 21, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    Nice video Dr Axe. I only look at your youtube channel en from Dr. John Berman.
    I use chlorella, Milk Thistle in capsule form and somthimes spirulina.
    I'm checking to not use any medicine and high frotose corn syrup.
    I lose weight. from 101 kg to 89 in 3 weeks.
    For food I use only curcuma poeder, salt and basil.

    Thx a lot. I'm all fit and healthy 😉 Your liver is just one of the organs you need to bechecked

  • Reply Jony Buss June 26, 2017 at 8:09 am


  • Reply Stacy Homemaker June 26, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    I've heard that milk thistle can help prevent/treat nausea and vomiting of pregnancy. Is there any truth in that?

  • Reply Janice Hamilton July 10, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    Could a child (9 years of age) be able to use milk thistle?

  • Reply Li Adam July 23, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Can you take DHEA while taking Milk thistle?

  • Reply Rosario Garcia September 10, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    Thanks Dr Axe. God bless u🙏🙋

  • Reply Bill Baum October 3, 2017 at 3:39 pm


  • Reply iamlight October 15, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    is milk thistle different than thistle? I thought milk thistle was derived from thistle.

  • Reply Monica Franc October 17, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    Dr. Axe, I love all your videos, with and without the beard😝 seriously….thank you for the free classes🙌

  • Reply Sunjin Contreras October 27, 2017 at 1:10 am

    Awesome info~ Thank you! I'm glad Zeal has Milk thislte in it!!!

  • Reply FrancinesVlogs November 5, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    I just bought the capsule form 240mg is that ok?

  • Reply aao kabhi haveli pai.... December 8, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    does milk thistke raises glutathiine .. which is super oxidant

  • Reply Kimberly Hand December 15, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    What is your take on Liverite Aid??

  • Reply Uma Ma December 20, 2017 at 5:13 am

    Salaam Dr Axe I’m a HepatitisB Patient will that be ok if I use Milk thistle?

  • Reply Gloria Hester December 25, 2017 at 5:25 am

    Thanks Dr Axe

  • Reply Apollos Ndemuweda January 16, 2018 at 10:06 am

    Love this channel! Thank you Dr. Axe

  • Reply advnwo January 17, 2018 at 6:04 pm

    Wat is
    better the seed or the plant ?

  • Reply ruth kercher February 4, 2018 at 10:56 am

    Whether taking statins can have a beneficial effect?

  • Reply Shabban Ahmadr February 17, 2018 at 9:12 pm

    Legolon 140mg Madaus from Germany. Clinical proved milk thistle.

  • Reply Pacific North Wash February 22, 2018 at 1:39 am

    radiation from computer and phone screens? c'mon now

  • Reply Namaste Healthy March 25, 2018 at 8:17 am

    Good info. Maybe? Just maybe, you might be eating too much fat. Too much fat stresses the gallbladder and liver, which results in redness, blotchiness or pimples on the cheeks and between the eyes. Maybe?

  • Reply Hannah is April 5, 2018 at 6:35 am

    Why is he so distracted

  • Reply soap bubbles April 7, 2018 at 6:35 pm

    Ive used other liver detox foods and supplements like NAC, tumeric, garlic, evoo, and peppermint tea no problem. However Milk Thistle even after one pill i am extremely moody and have brain fog for the rest of the day. Is it truly a detox or is there a chance milk thistle is rhe issue?

  • Reply FoodOrFail April 12, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    Why does he say the best form is either capsules or tea? I think it would be the pure liquid extract (alcohol free).

  • Reply Graycee Calloway April 23, 2018 at 1:26 am

    Thank you so much!!!👠👠👠

  • Reply Benzo tERROR April 27, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Should I take this on a failing liver?

  • Reply Remy Abraham April 30, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    Is milk thistle and blessed thistle the same?

  • Reply KK May 18, 2018 at 7:34 am

    My problem with this channel and his site are so many generic statements. It's been show to cure cancer or liver disease. That's not enough. Where are the studies. What are the doses? What are the side effects?

  • Reply Comoroo June 20, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    Google it? There are better search engines than Google. Google is an anti-freedom company anyway.

  • Reply Diana Garcia June 23, 2018 at 1:06 pm

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  • Reply greatshotta ps4 boss June 24, 2018 at 11:35 am

    Hey doctor axe. Im wondering if you have done any videos on saw palmetto? Would love to learn more about that. This video was great and full of great info. Thank you

  • Reply Myriam Thibault June 25, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    I really need to say, Thank You for your videos, Dr Axe.

  • Reply Matt York July 1, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    Hii Dr Ax. I have milk thistle oil..does it have the same benifits ? Thanks

  • Reply Shivanand Gunness July 5, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    I want to use this but i am taking ala time release 300mg. Will it have any side effects if i use both milk thistle n ala

  • Reply summer Spring July 17, 2018 at 10:24 pm

    This is awesome!!!! I am a young adult who has had liver failure and a blood disease. My mother has always had her herbs. She taught me about most of the "weeds" on this earth. We make our own teas, smokeable herbs, tinctures, smudges, scrubs, oils, creams, and even more. So to say I'm curing myself with milkthistle.

  • Reply J Washington July 25, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    Can I take every day?

  • Reply Brendon Rundell August 19, 2018 at 3:10 am

    Dr Axe, you are from TN??? My wife and I were there last week. We were looking around Cookeville as a place to live and go to school. Couldn't believe the beauty of TN and all the wateralls. Should've known you were from TN : ) Thanks for all the info.

  • Reply Lauraqueen F September 15, 2018 at 8:47 pm

    Hi dr Axe does milk thistle oil have any health benefits when consumed? I can't find related video on YouTube about milk thistle oil. Thanks

  • Reply Black Kid September 21, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    Can u get milk thistle from the pharmacy

  • Reply Bryan Davila September 24, 2018 at 3:54 am


  • Reply Mark Ferris October 22, 2018 at 11:17 pm

    Silymarin, the key active compound in milk thistle, is one of the most potent liver protective substances known. Silymarin has been shown to increase glutathione production in the liver by around 30%, thus increasing the antioxidant and detoxification capabilities….

  • Reply elseptimo77 October 30, 2018 at 2:48 am

    I just like saying those words together. Milk Thistle.

  • Reply imane soubra November 4, 2018 at 5:26 pm


  • Reply Areanna Mitchell November 7, 2018 at 1:49 am

    Sound like some powerful stuff I'm in

  • Reply Ryan Salladay November 17, 2018 at 8:05 pm

    Thanks for the weather report.

  • Reply WisdomTooth December 3, 2018 at 2:03 am

    Schizandra and He Shou Wu are said to be be even more powerful Liver Aids and detoxifiers than Milk thistle. Just thought i'd throw that in. Any one of them would be good 🙂

  • Reply Nichole Lennan December 6, 2018 at 9:56 am

    Thanjs. Youre a great wealth of information…. 👌❤️

  • Reply moazam azam December 12, 2018 at 5:55 pm

    The powder forms into a lump and doesn’t dissolve. How does one prepare tea?

  • Reply naturally gifted December 15, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    If one listen to the entire video one will not have to ask how many times a day and the dosage.

  • Reply Fats Torvolay December 19, 2018 at 11:00 am

    Radiation is a toxin?

  • Reply Captcha Neon December 20, 2018 at 3:14 am

    I just bought this and received it today in capsule form. The reason I bought it is because there’s a mysterious situation going on with my liver where all of my blood testing relevant to my liver and more testing is required because I do not and have not drank alcohol and so the doctor knows for sure it wouldn’t be damage from that. Now my health is horrific with extremely high cholesterol and high blood pressure, I also have a very defeated immune system and so I feel sick constantly. I took my first capsule today but I’m really hoping this does wonders for my liver whatever is wrong with it because I’m honestly nervous at this point. Can anyone tell me if there are any negative side effects with this supplement?

  • Reply XeserUpseinOPelttil January 23, 2019 at 3:18 am

    Herb slash WEED

  • Reply Let Calderon February 7, 2019 at 6:40 am

    Im on my hb med and diabetes med.have liver calcification. Can i take this supplement?thanks.

  • Reply shivo 592 February 8, 2019 at 12:04 am

    Women with PCOS… Can they use Milk thistle?

  • Reply luke zac February 11, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    I just ordered 150mg capsules off of Amazon. Is it safe to take these every day ?

  • Reply shivo 592 February 23, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    Just wondering , is it ok for ladies with PCOS to use it??

  • Reply Maria Taylor March 3, 2019 at 5:23 am

    I took milk thistle and forgot that i was an American slave, and owning property was a dream!!! So awesome!! To forget youl never own anything but debt, isnt that incredible?

  • Reply SpikyTuber March 8, 2019 at 9:59 am

    I take milk thistle every day.

  • Reply Wonder Momsi March 18, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    What about the relationship with estrogen exacerbating amounts of estrogen…

  • Reply sandeep sharma March 27, 2019 at 11:11 am

    How to consume in a day after meals or before sleep

  • Reply denise bowman March 31, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    Is the powder OK I've been using it

  • Reply Steven Opolis March 31, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    A friend of mine who drinks quite regularly and has for quite some time started taking milk thistle seed powder. He mixes 1-2 teaspoons in water every morning. He went for a checkup and based on the test, the doctor congratulated him on quitting drinking. He didn’t. I work in a bar and it’s basically an everyday thing for me. I just started taking it and plan to go see how my liver is once I get health insurance. Will report back with my own findings.
    The powder has an interesting flavor. It’s subtly spicy and slightly earthy. I enjoy drinking it in the morning. Use warm/hot water. It mixes in better.

  • Reply NoMore9to5Work April 8, 2019 at 3:14 am

    Is it best to take it in the morning or at night ?

  • Reply Abdelmelik Farooq Alwahid April 10, 2019 at 11:03 am

    So milk thistle + choline + intermittent fasting = I can reverse the effect on my liver from all the booze I drank in my 20s? 🤣

  • Reply K Nicholson April 18, 2019 at 4:59 am

    Shouting is not the enthusiasm for your subject. It's off putting.

  • Reply PC Yang April 21, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    Does this Help the gallbladder function too? My HIDA result show injection reduction is 27% which is too low. Any advise or supplements for function ? I don’t want to remove my gallbladder yet.

  • Reply Praise God April 21, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    Can milk thistle make you feel irritable and cranky?

  • Reply da ne April 26, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    Wonder if my milkthistle capsules have effected my recent blood tests requiring retesting.

  • Reply Melad K. May 1, 2019 at 10:54 am

    Thanks for the information 🌹

  • Reply Journey to a healthier meh May 16, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    Does anyone know a community college i can go to to become a nutritionist

  • Reply zakota Laro May 19, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    I took the milk thistle from two weeks , but nothing happen . When does the improvement begin?

  • Reply Raman Walia June 1, 2019 at 8:34 am

    Thank you for this information.
    I am breast cancer patient and after just one chemo session. my liver’s showing signs of damage. So hopefully this will help.

    Thank you

  • Reply Pearly June 3, 2019 at 5:49 am

    I just bought a bottle of milk thistle for my cat in the hopes it save her life. Any dosage info for the masses? And since each capsule is powder filled, should I dilute with a little water and feed it to her with a syringe? Each capsule is 250mg, she’s 5lbs and I believe it’s 100mg for her. I hope it will help her. 😞🙏🏽💗

  • Reply grazie mary July 19, 2019 at 3:16 am

    Should i use milk thristle or gallbladder formula

  • Reply Paul Richards July 30, 2019 at 1:50 am

    With food or empty stomach?

  • Reply Cedric J August 7, 2019 at 5:34 am

    What are your thoughts on the oil form? I just purchased some from Siberia- Milk Thistle Oil.

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