Milk Thistle Benefits for Detoxification, Cancer Prevention and Diabetes

Milk thistle, a natural herb that contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, is commonly used to detoxify the body — especially the liver. Milk thistle is a weed that grows mostly in California (although it can be grown in many parts of the world with a warm climate) and is commonly turned into extract or supplement form in order to reap its cell-regenerating milk thistle benefits.

In this episode of Ancient Medicine Today, I’ll share more on what milk thistle is, milk thistle benefits and how to use it. Watch to learn more about this powerful plant.

*This content is strictly the opinion of Dr. Josh Axe, and is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of medical advice or treatment from a personal physician. All viewers of this content are advised to consult their doctors or qualified health professionals regarding specific health questions. Neither Dr. Axe nor the publisher of this content takes responsibility for possible health consequences of any person or persons reading or following the information in this educational content. All viewers of this content, especially those taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, should consult their physicians before beginning any nutrition, supplement or lifestyle program.


Milk thistle- smart choice for diabetes


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  • summer Spring says:

    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.

  • Can I take every day?

  • Brendon Rundell says:

    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.

  • Lauraqueen F says:

    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

  • Black Kid says:

    Can u get milk thistle from the pharmacy

  • elseptimo77 says:

    I just like saying those words together. Milk Thistle.

  • Areanna Mitchell says:

    Sound like some powerful stuff I'm in

  • Ryan Salladay says:

    Thanks for the weather report.

  • Turtlefoot91 says:

    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 🙂

  • Nichole Simpson says:

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

  • moazam azam says:

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

  • naturally gifted says:

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

  • Fats Torvolay says:

    Radiation is a toxin?

  • Captcha Neon says:

    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?

  • XeserUpseinOPelttil says:

    Herb slash WEED

  • Let Calderon says:

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

  • shivo 592 says:

    Women with PCOS… Can they use Milk thistle?

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

  • shivo 592 says:

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

  • Brad Taylor says:

    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?

  • InfusedSediment says:

    I take milk thistle every day.

  • Wonder Momsi says:

    What about the relationship with estrogen exacerbating amounts of estrogen…

  • sandeep sharma says:

    How to consume in a day after meals or before sleep

  • denise bowman says:

    Is the powder OK I've been using it

  • Steven Opolis says:

    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.

  • NoMore9to5Work says:

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

  • Abdelmelik Farooq Alwahid says:

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

  • K Nicholson says:

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

  • 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.

  • Praise God says:

    Can milk thistle make you feel irritable and cranky?

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

  • Thanks for the information ?

  • Bianca's corner says:

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

  • zakota Laro says:

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

  • Raman Walia says:

    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

  • 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. ????

  • grazie mary says:

    Should i use milk thristle or gallbladder formula

  • Paul Richards says:

    With food or empty stomach?

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

  • Maria Angeles Montoya says:

    Thank you for this great info. I am currently trying to detoxify my liver.

  • Eidy Meraz says:

    It's cool but you don't say anything about side effects

  • David Rathmann says:

    I am taking milk thistle at the moment for issues with my liver and gallbladder. You are a wealth of information Dr Axe.

  • nezir çağlar says:

    milk thistle benefits

  • Mayank Pawar says:

    Does it have any side-effect on male since it increases milk production

  • g3n c0d3r says:

    Can you take milk thistle supplements when on an extended fast (3-5 days)? Or does it work better with food?

  • Hamida Abdi says:

    thank you so much Dr axe I love the way you explain and how fast u do ur amazing may god bless you and protect

Milk Thistle Benefits for Detoxification, Cancer Prevention and Diabetes