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The milk thistle is a thistleof the genus Silybum Adans., a flowering plant of the daisy family (Asteraceae).  Milk thistle has been shown to help protect and rejuvenate the liver in three ways: Milk thistle is a powerful antioxidant, it helps protect the liver, and may interrupt enterohepatic recirculation of toxins. Milk thistle's silymarin complex creates a "shield" that may help protect against many liver-harming substances and may also help the body regenerate the liver.

What is Silybum Marianum?
Silybum marianum is a thistle of the genus Silybum Adans., a flowering plant of the daisy family (Asteraceae). They are native to the Mediterranean regions of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. The name "milk thistle" derives from two features of the leaves; they are mottled with splashes of white and they contain a milky sap.Of all the herbal supplements you will find for sale on our site, milk thistle extract may be the most intriguing.
Silybum marianum extract is extracted from the seeds of silybum marianum which is of medicinal asteraceae plant. It is yellow powder or crystal powder and tastes bitter. Silybum marianum extract is widely used in medicines, health products, cosmetics and foods.
Silybum marianum extract can protect liver cells from toxic substances invasion, especially ethanol and environmental pollutants (pesticides, heavy metals, etc.) intrusion. Silybum marianum extract is a strong antioxidant and can protect liver cells from being damaged by free radicals. Its effect is much more stronger than that of Vitamin E. Silybum marianum extract can promote synthesis of protein, accelerate creation of new liver cells, or make damaged liver cells self-repaired. So it is called "natural liver protection drug".

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Milk Thistle extract

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Silymarin 80% UV
     Silymarin  40% HPLC

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1. Milk thistle is a powerful antioxidant.
2. Milk thistle helps protect the liver by interrupting the enterohepatic recirculation of toxins. The silymarin complex in milk thistle puts up a protective "shield" that may help protect against many liver-harming substances.
3. Milk thistle may help the liver regenerate. Did you know that the liver is the only internal organ capable of regeneration? Milk thistle's silymarin complex may actually help the liver to synthesize new proteins.

Introduction of Silibinin
Silibinin (INN), also known as silybin, is the major active constituent of silymarin, a standardized extract of the milk thistle seeds containing mixture of flavonolignans consisting of among others of silibinin, isosilibinin, silicristin, and silidianin. Silibinin itself is mixture of two diastereomers, silybin A and silybin B, in approximately equimolar ratio.Both in vitro and animal research suggest that silibinin has hepatoprotective (antihepatotoxic) properties that protect liver cells against toxins.Silibinin has also demonstrated in vitro anti-cancer effects against human prostate adenocarcinoma cells, estrogen-dependent and -independent human breast carcinoma cells, human ectocervical carcinoma cells, human colon cancer cells, and both small and nonsmall human lung carcinoma cells.
Chemically modified silibinin, silibinin dihydrogen disuccinate disodium (trade name Legalon SIL) a solution for injection, is currently being tested as a treatment of severe intoxications with hepatotoxic substances, such as death cap (Amanita phalloides) poisoning.There is also clinical evidence for the use of silibinin as a supportive element in alcoholic and Child grade 'A' liver cirrhosis.

Water Soluble Silymarin Details

Milk thistle extract silymarin has other common names include cardus marianus, milk thistle,blessed milk thistle, Marian Thistle, Mary Thistle, Saint Mary's Thistle,Mediterranean milk thistle, variegated thistle and Scotch thistle. This species is an annual orbiannual plant of the Asteraceae family. This fairly typical thistle has red topurple flowers and shiny pale green leaves with white veins. Originally anative of Southern Europe through to Asia, itis now found throughout the world. The medicinal parts of the plant are theripe seeds.
Water Soluble Silymarin Applications
Silymarin has also been known to be used as food. Around the 16th century themilk thistle became quite popular and almost all parts of it were eaten. Theroots can be eaten raw or boiled and buttered or par-boiled and roasted. Theyoung shoots in spring can be cut down to the root and boiled and buttered. Thespiny bracts on the flower head were eaten in the past like globe artichoke,and the stems (after peeling) can be soaked overnight to remove bitterness andthen stewed. The leaves can be trimmed of prickles and boiled and make a goodspinach substitute or they can also be added raw to salads.

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