Milk Thistle Seeds

David McCluggage, D.V.M., C.V.A.

Milk Thistle seed, Silybum marianum, is an excellent source of all of the healing properties of the herb Milk Thistle (the seeds, the root and the rest of the plant can all be used). The seeds are especially helpful for birds, as they will readily eat them. Birds commonly develop liver disease, and since it is easy to feed them to birds, it is an excellent way to help heal them.

You can also feed Milk Thistle seeds prophylactically (as a proactive effort) to help prevent liver disease and a variety of other disorders. Milk Thistle has powerful antioxidants that maintain overall health.

Milk Thistle has been widely studied and scientifically proven (see our article on Milk Thistle for some of the scientific articles showing its beneficial effects) to:

  1. Be Hepatoprotective - this means it helps protect the liver from damage
  2. Be Hepatorestorative - this means it helps heal liver cells
  3. Provide essential oils
  4. Contain valuable trace minerals
  5. Have Betaine (Trimethyglycine), a powerful glutathione regenerator
  6. Glutathione is the body's primary antioxidant; its depletion is common during disease. Providing additional glutathione by adding Betaine is one way to heal the body's diseased tissues.

There are many uses for Milk Thistle Seeds, including:

  1. Chronic Liver disease
  2. Acute Hepatitis
  3. Viral Hepatitis
  4. Liver poisonings(including aflatoxins; see our article on aflatoxins)
  5. Lead and Zincpoisoning
  6. Inflammatory cardiac (Heart) diseases
  7. Kidney disease
  8. Immune modulation
  9. Antioxidation
  10. Delays the onset and severity of diabetes
  11. Effective for pancreatitis
  12. Liver cirrhosis



  • 10 seeds per 100 grams body weight added to the regular diet daily

See our article on Silymarin 80, a Milk Thistle extract providing 80% silymarin.

We also provide alcohol-free Milk Thistle Tincture, a liquid that can be given by dropper to all animals. To order the Milk Thistle Tincture, click here.