Supports healthy liver and gall bladder function, protects against liver toxins, supports healthy and clear skin, and more.*
What is Milk Thistle?
Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum), a member of the sunflower family, has been used by herbalists for more than 2,000 years. It is among the most ancient of known herbal medicines. A standardized extract is derived from the seed of the milk thistle plant. This extract is comprised of compounds, called silymarin, which research indicates have antihepatotoxic (liver protectant) properties. Silymarin consists of numerous flavonolignans, including silybin, isosilybin, dehydrosilybin, silydianin and silychristin.
What does Milk Thistle do?
Early healers discovered that milk thistle could stimulate the flow of bile from the liver, supporting healthy digestion and liver function. Both silymarin and silybin function as antioxidants, protecting cell membranes from free-radical-mediated oxidative damage. In addition, these compounds protect red blood cell membranes against lipid peroxidation and hemolysis (breaking down of the red blood cells) caused by certain red blood cell poisons. Moreover, Milk Thistle may increase the effectiveness of glutathione in the liver; glutathione is a potent antioxidant.*
Recent research confirms the fact that Milk Thistle extract does protect against liver toxins. One of the most important toxins that Milk Thistle protects against is alcohol. In fact, numerous studies conducted on silymarin indicate that it not only protects liver cells from toxic substances, but that it also stimulates protein synthesis to accelerate the regeneration and production of liver cells.*
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.