Many visitors to this blog arrive via my newsletter or through a news feed. But some end up here through a search engine keyword result. So, to answer one of those questions, I’ve decided to write about milk thistle and head aches: specifically, does milk thistle cure head aches?
First of all, what is milk thistle?
From the Mayo Clinic Website:
Milk thistle has been used medicinally for over 2,000 years, most commonly for the treatment of liver and gallbladder disorders. A flavonoid complex called silymarin can be extracted from the seeds of milk thistle and is believed to be the biologically active component. The terms “milk thistle” and “silymarin” are often used interchangeably.
Milk thistle is an herbal extract that usually comes in a liquid form. It is typically used to help rejuvenate an overextended liver. The liver can become weakened from diseases, overindulgence in rich foods, alcohol, prescription and recreational drugs.
The liver is one of the main organs of digestion and helps filter waste out of the body and nutrients into the body. When the liver is weak and unable to perform its job to peak capacity, the immune system can also become weakened – more impurities in the system means more work for the immune system which leads to an overtaxed immune system.
So, can milk thistle help headaches? Well, maybe not most of them. But one type that it may be able to help is the migraine.
Migraine headaches may be triggered by many different things, including allergic reactions and sensitivities to foods or beverages containing nitrates, MSG, artificial sweeteners, caffeine, or alcohol. Now, if you’re willing to experiment with your diet by eating cleaner food (e.g., by cutting out foods that don’t trigger congestion, allergic reactions, or make you feel sluggish), doing a diet detox or cleanse, and adding in supplements such as milk thistle to heal the liver and strengthen your digestive system, it may help you decrease or eliminate your migraine headaches.
You can also supplement with milk thistle during a cleanse and detox diet. The milk thistle can help you strengthen your liver as you cleanse your whole digestive system. By adding more fiber to your diet while you clean it up, cutting back on heavy foods such as meats, cheese, refined flour products, caffeine and alcohol, while adding in more greens, fruits, whole grains, and legumes, you may gain more energy, have healthier-looking skin and hair, and start shedding pounds.
If you are interested in a cleanse or detox diet, please contact me.