Milk thistle has long been known in the natural health world for supporting overall liver health, especially in those hepatitis and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. However, recent research also supports milk thistle’s ability to fight cancer without harming normal non-cancerous cells. Silymarin is the compound in milk thistle responsible for its cancer fighting properties. While this is encouraging news for cancer researchers, more studies need to be conducted into milk thistle’s role in preventing and treating cancer.
- Milk thistle has been lauded for its effectiveness in cleansing the liver and lowering a person’s risk of certain illnesses.
- Silymarin has also been identified as preventing the cells from spreading in stomach cancer.
- Silymarin can also help fight hormone-related cancers of the prostate and breast.
“Silymarin also caused apoptosis – or programmed “cell suicide”– in stomach cancer cells. The team discovered that silymarin worked by interfering with the MAP-Kinase pathway, a chain of proteins involved in the growth of cancer cells.”