The Milk Thistle is an herbaceous plant of the Asteraceae family. It can be identified by its bright green leaves with spiny lobules and its intense pink flowers with bracts. The active part of the plant are the seeds, rich in Silymarin that is the main active substance of this plant and consists of various molecules of flavanolignans. It also contains flavonoids and other essential nutrients, such as sterols and mucilage.
The Milk Thistle has been traditionally used as an antioxidant and anti-hepatotoxic (preventing liver damage). This action is achieved through:
Moreover, the Milk Thistle neutralises free radicals in the organism. Its prophylactic use is more efficient than the therapeutic once the liver has been damaged.
Experience has also shown its usefulness in patients with gastrointestinal disorders, reducing meteorism and relieving tension and flatulence in the digestive tract, while increasing the appetite and physical capacity. It has also been demonstrated to have anti-cholesterol and anti-cholestatic activity.
Milk thistle (Sylibum marianum (L.) Gaertn.) seeds dry extract, standardized to 10% silymarin: 200 mg.
1 or 2 capsules daily, with a glass of water.
Reduces cholesterol levels in blood.
Interactions or side effects have not been described.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: effects have not yet been described
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