Milk thistle is a plant native to the Mediterranean region. It has a Latin name as Silybum marianum. Nowadays this plant is present all over the world. It usually grows in dry, and sunny areas.
Milk thistle has a very long history of human consumptions as an herbal remedy for a number of illness, in particular liver, kidney, and gall bladder problems. This is because Milk thistle has an active ingredients called silymarin. Silymarin is a group of flavonoids, which are thought to help repair liver cells damaged by alcohol and other toxic substances. Silymarin has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and it may help the liver repair itself by growing new cells. It can keep new liver cells from being destroyed by these same toxins. It reduces inflammation and is a strong antioxidant.