Milk Thistle (contains flavonoid, silymarin)– inhibits microglial activation.
“Silymarin protects dopaminergic neurons against lipopolysaccharide-induced neurotoxicity by inhibiting microglia activation” .https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12473078
“In conclusion, it was conducted that there were toxic effects of MSG on male rabbits through increase the damage in the liver and Kidney and oxidative stress through elevation in ALT, AST enzymes, creatinine and cholesterol. Also, with adding Silymarin daily in a dose of (1.2mg/100g BW) showed ameliorative Impact of (Silymarin) on Monosodium Glutamate Toxicity” HEMATOLOGICAL STUDY OF SILYMARIN ON MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE TOXICITY IN RABBITS http://www.plantarchives.org/SPL%20ISSUE%2020-2/1__1-6_.pdf
Can help with glutathione production
Lowers LDL Cholesterol
Because of the role of milk thistle in inhibiting microglial activation, it could potentially be a heavy hitter for those with underlying immune activation.
WHERE TO BUY & HOW WE USE IT
Milk Thistle can be taken as a dietary supplement (watch for additives like rice flour and gelatin capsules, which can be a source of free glutamate), a tea, or consumed directly on/in food. It has an extremely mild flavor that mostly goes unnoticed. We commonly add a pinch of ground milk thistle seed to our baked goods, meals, and/or smoothies. It has been suggested for a few months at a time, but as always, I encourage you to do your own research on herbs.
While we typically use Mountain Rose Herbs
for our herbal products, we have also been able to source a cleaner option on Amazon (linked here)
. You can purchase the seed and grind yourself or purchase the powder if from a trusted supplier.
Milk thistle can be high in oxalate and may not be tolerated well by those with a ragweed allergy. According to WebMD, milk thistle may mimic estrogen and may be problematic for those with related health issues (fibroid tumors, endometriosis, breast/uterine/ovarian cancers.