The Testosterone Boosting Effects Of Milk Thistle
Appearing in a number of testosterone boosting supplements is Milk Thistle… but what is it and does it have any effect on testosterone production?
Milk Thistle is a member of the plant family Asteraceae.. a medicinal thistle that has some well documented uses in traditional medicines.
It gets its name from the white veins that run through the plants leaves, and has a history that dates back to the ancient Roman and Greeks.
Also Known As
It can also be found on supplement labels as:
- Marian Thistle
- Mary Thistle
- St Mary’s Thistle
- Holy Thistle
- Sow Thistle
- Christs Crown
- Venue Thistle
- Heal Thistle
- Variegated Thistle
- Wild Artichoke
- Carduus Marianus
- Silybum Marianum
In traditional medicines it has been used to help treat conditions including:
Gall Bladder disorders including Hepatitis, Jaundice and Cirrhosis.. it is also believed to help protect the liver from chemical and natural toxins including some types of snake venom, mushroom and alcohol poisoning.
Studies have shown that it could have anti-obesity effects but the evidence is still somewhat limited to trials with mice – read study here-
The main components found in Milk Thistle are:
- Vitamin E
- Funaric Acid
- Triterpene acetate
Can Milk Thistle Boost Testosterone
Currently there is no clinical evidence whatsoever that Milk Thistle has any beneficial effects with regard to testosterone production.. there are no recorded trials that have ever looked into this and therefore its effects, both positive and adverse ( if any) are unknown and unproven
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