Milk thistle most impressed the medical world when G. Vogel, M.D., used it to save lives in the 1970s. A leading milk thistle researcher, Dr. Vogel brought to his clinic 60 people suffering from severe mushroom poisoning.
He gave them a compound called silymarin that was extracted from milk thistle and found that “results ranged from amazing to spectacular,” even though most of the people were not treated until a full day after eating the bad mushrooms.
Research conducted in Germany has shown that milk thistle helps protect the liver from drug and heavy metal poisoning. As a result, milk thistle is the basis for a number of German drugs used to treat liver problems. From that moment on Milk thistle has become heralded as a #1 product to aid with liver function and troubles. Antioxidants in milk thistle called flavonoids are some of the most potent liver-protecting substances known. Milk thistle helps nausea and travel sickness as well. It is rumored that some people use it topically for leg ulcers and varicose veins. It is a great tonic and increases appetite and aids in digestion as well.