The legal arguments about what can be called “milk” are relatively new, but the uses for milk thistle go back thousands of years. This ain’t your modern alt-milk like almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk, oat milk, rice milk, cashew milk, hemp milk, quinoa milk, macadamia milk, and so on, and so on. Instead, milk thistle is a plant that gets its name from white spots on the flower.
Milk thistle has long been used as a hangover cure, and it has been associated with liver health at least since it was written about 2,000 years ago by Pliny the Elder. Modern scientific use has increased since being approved as a medicinal herb in the German Commission E Monographs.
Scientists are still learning about milk thistle, but perceived improvements in liver function seem to be from milk thistle’s role in detoxification. Milk thistle helps improve the flow of bile, which breaks down fat and prevents it from collecting in the liver. Bile also plays a role in the elimination of toxins from the body. With a role in detoxifying the body and improving liver function, it’s no wonder that milk thistle has been associated with hangovers.
And of course good liver health isn’t only related to alcohol. Among the hundreds of vital functions performed by the liver, filtering blood and balancing nutrients to make them non-toxic for the rest of the body are essential. Converting and balancing sugars for energy, regulating amino acids for building proteins, and improving immunity are just a few others. All of these liver roles improve recovery from any form of exertion and toxicity, which is why milk thistle is included in the formula for Crux Recover.
But we still don’t recommend milking a thistle.
* Note that this article is not medical advice. Always talk to a medical professional about health matters.