Milk Thistle as a Cardioprotective?

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Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) is known as a liver herb.  But as Paul Bergner aptly stated:

Too often we think of “Herb A” for “Condition B,” and an herb gets pigeonholed. Thus we now think of milk thistle as a “liver herb,” and it’s well that we should. But we shouldn’t limit our thinking to using it only for overt liver disease, such as hepatitis or cirrhosis. As we related at length in our last issue, many diseases may be related to liver dysfunction. Furthermore, because milk thistle is proven to be a “liver herb” doesn’t mean that it’s only a liver herb. A description follows of the clinical use of milk thistle seed (tincture) by Finley Ellingwood, MD, who introduced the herb into Eclectic medical practice in the late nineteenth century. It includes liver, spleen, and pelvic indications.

And now there is a very interesting paper released in May of 2014 titled Silymarin and its constituents in cardiac preconditioning that discusses evidence of milk thistle’s benefits on the heart, amongst other organs.

We have a thread about Milk Thistle on our discussion forums.