Milk thistle or Silymarin is a flavonoid having an affinity for the liver. Its primary used to regenerate hepatocytes, where it improves the flow of bile and fat to and from the liver. Milk Thistle is very safe, even in high doses. The most common problem, if given in very high doses, is that it can cause a loose stool due to the increase in bile it produces.
Its hepatoprotective and hepatorestorative effects make Silymarin one of the best herbs for any liver disorder.
Silymarin 80 is a high quality, standardized extract of milk thistle seed, from a company, Metagenics, that is widely known as a producer of some of the finest supplement available. It is a very convenient way to dose animals as it comes in a pill that is easy to give. The pill can also be crushed and mixed in with food.
The liver has remarkable ability to heal itself. By using herbs and nutraceuticals, many liver diseases can be reversed, leaving the liver healed.
Botanicals have been used traditionally by herbalists and indigenous healers worldwide for the prevention and treatment of liver disease. Clinical research in this century has confirmed the efficacy of several plants in the treatment of liver disease. Basic scientific research has uncovered the mechanisms by which some plants afford their therapeutic effects. Silybum marianum (milk thistle) has been shown to have clinical applications in the treatment of toxic hepatitis, fatty liver, cirrhosis, ischemic injury, radiation toxicity, and viral hepatitis via its antioxidative, anti lipid peroxidative, antifibrotic, anti inflammatory, immunomodulating, and liver regenerating effects. Picrorhiza kurroa, though less well researched than Silybum, appears to have similar applications and mechanisms of action. When compared with Silybum, the hepatoprotective effect of Picrorhiza was found to be similar, or in many cases superior, to the effect of Silybum.
Milk thistle or Silymarin is a flavonoid having an affinity for the liver. Its primary used to regenerate hepatocytes, where it improves the flow of bile and fat to and from the liver. If used in too high a dose, it can cause a loose stool due to the increase in bile it produces.
Silybum marianum is currently the most well researched plant in the treatment of liver disease (with over 450 published peer review papers). The genus Silybum is a member of the daisy family (Compositae). The plant itself is a stout thistle, growing one to three meters tall in rocky soils, with large purple flowering heads. The leaves are characterized by distinct white "milky" veins that give the plant its common name.
Silymarin has been reported to protect liver cells from a wide variety of toxins, including acetaminophen, ethanol, carbon tetra chloride, and D galactosamine. Studies also demonstrated that silymarin increased hepatocyte protein synthesis. One of the mechanisms to explain the ability of silymarin to stimulate the regeneration of hepatic tissue is the increase in protein synthesis in damaged livers.
Silymarin has been shown to slow or reverse liver cirrhosis in animals (we believe it is far safer and just as effective as the pharmaceutical drug, colchicine).
Each tablet contains
|Milk Thistle Seed Extract (Silybum marianum) providing 56 mg silymarin(containing silybin, isosilybin, silydianin, silychristin)
Other Ingredients:Microcrystalline cellulose, stearic acid (vegetable), silica, magnesium stearate (vegetable)