Source : Fruits and seeds of Silybum marianum
Form : Milk Thistle Extract / Silymarin
Found In : Mediterranean countries
Silybin, has anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and hepato-protective (liver protective) properties is the major active constituent of silymarin, a standardized extract of the milk thistle seeds, containing a mixture of flavonolignans consisting of silibinin, isosilibinin, silychristin, silidianin, and others. Silymarin (SM) is a complex of one flavonoid (taxifolin) and at least seven flavonolignans, which are the most common class of substance present in milk thistle (Silybum marianum) extract.
Health Benefits :
Repairs damaged liver
Detoxifies the liver
Supports weight loss
Supports bone health
Silybin protects the liver by conserving the natural glutathione level (anti-oxidant) in the liver cells, while milk thistle repairs the damaged liver cell membranes.
The liver is vulnerable to toxic attacks as various substances reach the liver directly following their absorption. Silybin detoxifies the liver by preventing the entry of these toxic substances.
One recent study evaluated the effects of using Silybin on mice with obesity. Despite consuming similar quantities of food, the mice that received Silybin lost about 5% of their weight, while the control group continued gaining weight throughout the study.
Silybin has been shown in experimental test-tube and animal studies to stimulate bone mineralization and potentially be protective against bone loss. As a result, researchers suggest that milk thistle may be a useful therapy for preventing or delaying bone loss in postmenopausal women.
Silybin is a safe ingredient that shows potential as a complementary therapy for various conditions, like liver disease, diabetes and cancer. Silybin is generally considered safe. Nevertheless, pregnant women, those allergic to the Asteraceae family of plans, those with diabetes and anyone with an estrogen-sensitive condition should seek medical advice before taking it.