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Frontier Natural Products, Organic Whole Milk Thistle Seed, 16 oz (453 g)

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Frontier Natural Products, Organic Whole Milk Thistle Seed, 16 oz (453 g)

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  • Expiration Date: November 2020
  • Shipping Weight:
    1.24 lbs
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  • Product Code: FRO-00952
  • UPC Code: 089836009524
  • Package Quantity: 16 oz
  • Dimensions:
    8.8 x 8.2 x 0.9 in, 1.05 lbs
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  • Certified Organic
  • Silybum Marianum
  • Herbal Supplement
  • Non-Irradiated
  • USDA Organic
  • Kosher
  • Certified Organic by QAI

Supports healthy liver function

These seeds, like other dried seeds, may germinate under proper conditions. However, herb and spice seeds sold by Frontier are not intended for sprouting purposes and in many cases will not germinate.

Milk thistle seed is used as a liver tonic, to "support healthy liver function" and overall well being. The hard, dark-colored seeds are ground and used to make a tea or tincture, encapsulated, or added to foods. The whole seeds are also sometimes added to foods.

Suggested Use

Grind milk thistle seed in a coffee grinder or spice mill, and add the ground seeds to shakes or cereals. Or encapsulate the ground seed, if preferred. To prepare milk thistle tea, add one cup of boiling water to one teaspoon of ground seeds, and steep for 15 minutes.

The ground seeds can also be prepared as a tincture using a menstruum of 50% alcohol and 50% water (or 100 proof vodka).

The whole seeds can be toasted and added to salads, breads and cereals.

Milk thistle seed has been extensively researched for its protective effects on the liver. While formulations with concentrated levels of silymarin (70 to 80%) are being studied as a treatment for various liver problems (especially in Europe), the whole seed, with its much lower silymarin levels, is used as a liver tonic, to "support healthy liver function" and overall well being. Chronic drug and alcohol abusers also use milk thistle as a supporting herb.


The Botanical Safety Handbook* classifies milk thistle seed as:

Class: 1: Herbs which can be safely consumed when used appropriately.

Per the German Commission E Monograph** for milk thistle seed, there are no known contraindications, side effects or drug interactions.

*Michael McGuffin, ed., American Herbal Products Association's Botanical Safety Handbook, (New York: CRC Press, 1997)

**Mark Blumenthal, ed., The Complete German Commission E Monographs, (Austin TX: Integrative Medicine Communications, 1998)

Supplement Facts
Serving Size: 1 tsp
Servings: About 144
  Amount Per Serving % Daily Value
Total Carbohydrates 2 g <1%*
Dietary Fiber 1 g 5%*
Organic Milk Thistle, whole (seed) 3.2 g **
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
**Daily Value not established.
iHerb Customer Reviews

Milk Thistle Seed

Posted by iHerb Customer on March 4 2018 | Verified Purchase

I have bought it for detox this is a great product and has rewarding and positive effects on a stressed liver after chemical exposure

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Fresh, good, well-priced.

Posted by iHerb Customer on November 15 2016 | Verified Purchase

From looking around, this seemed a good value - and it is of good quality. I am ordering it again from iHerb.

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Posted by iHerb Customer on July 2 2016 | Verified Purchase

Normally i order MT from Starwest, but becourse their organic green tea was not to my liking, a bit bitter, i ordered organic green tea from Frontier, which is so much better, i thought to try their milk thistle too. But what a dissapointment, where MT from Starwest tasted bitter and fresh and was light in colour, the MT from Frontier was not bitter but had a unusual burnt kind of taste and was brown in colour. I really don't like the taste. So i won't be using it and ordered the MT from Starwest again.

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Large seeds.

Posted by iHerb Customer on June 6 2016 | Verified Purchase

I hope those seeds are raw as that info was not clearly explained on the package, although nowhere does it say they are roasted. I like the taste, grind them raw and eat them raw, or chew few. Slightly larger than flax seed, and to me tastier.

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Frontier Natural Products, Organic Whole Milk Thistle Seed, 16 oz

Posted by ChooseHealth on January 11 2015 | Verified Purchase

Wonderful product and so good to keep the liver healthy!

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