Top 3 Healthful Attributes
Milk thistle seed comes from the Silybum marianum herb species and is different than other types of thistles because of its concentrated compounds. It is a wild hardy herbaceous "weed" with dense pink-purple thorny blossoms that can produce up to 200 hard shiny brown seeds per dried flower head. These seeds are considered to be the most medicinally potent part of this thistle variety. They are rarely eaten whole as they are quite fibrous to chew on but are frequently powdered for herbal use or prepared as an extract supplement. Here are the top three reasons milk thistle powder or extracts might be a useful ally to have handy in your pantry list of herbs.