Milk Thistle Seed Whole

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Whole milk thistle seeds are obtained from Silybum marianum, a Mediterranean herb commonly called Holy Thistle, Lady's Thistle and Blessed Thistle.

While the seeds are most frequently used to make teas, tinctures and infusions, they can also be as food. In fact, the seeds, with a flavor profile similar to flax, contain up to 25% protein. Try adding whole milk thistle seeds to salads, shakes and smoothies, cereals and breads.

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information at a glance

approximate cups to one pound3.5
origineastern europe
active compoundsSilymarin
plant part usedseeds

buying & keeping

general guidelines and tips

storage tipsStore in an airtight container away from heat, humidity and direct sunlight.
appearance & aromaOval, light-colored seeds.


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cosmeticUse the lightly crushed seeds to prepare tinctures for topical use.
culinaryToast to use in salads or snacks, or roast to brew an alternative coffee beverage. The seeds may also be eaten raw.
safetyDue to potential hormonal effects, do not use this herb without medical supervision if you have a history of prostate cancer, breast cancer or other hormone-driven disease.

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flavor profile

milk thistle seeds

Has a nutty, pleasant taste. Mix with grains, fruits and nuts in baked goods, smoothies, and other foods.

formulas & recipes

milk thistle seeds

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what else you should know

milk thistle seeds

Milk thistle is a member of the aster family that is native to southern Europe and Asia and now naturalized throughout much of the world. Like most thistles, milk thistle is characterized by sharp spines or thorns that surround the flower head. The herb is grown as an ornamental specimen as well as a commercial crop. Although other parts of the plant may be used, milk thistle is primarily cultivated and harvested for its seeds.

Milk thistle seeds contain several active chemicals, including a group of closely related flavonolignans. Collectively known as silymarin, the group consists of silybin A, silybin B, isosilybin A, isosilybin B, silychristin, isosilychristin and silydianin. The raw seeds contain about 6% of this flavonolignan complex, while the liquid extract prepared from the seeds contains as much as 80%.

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This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

please be advised: 
Before making any changes to your diet you should always consult with your doctor,
especially if you are pregnant, nursing or have existing conditions.