Milk thistle is a tall herb which grows to approximately 10 feet high in various corners of the globe, include southern and western Europe, South America and the Eastern United States. It characteristically has large purplish flowers and small hard seed like fruits called achenes which are the sources of its medicinal properties.
Achenes contain approximately 1-4% of the flavonoid mixture, silymarin. It is these achenes which are used to create the concentrated silymarin extract that has a higher percentage of 65-80% flavonolignans, flavonoids, fatty acids and other natural plant compounds which have various regulatory effects on our metabolism. Silymarin contributes to our oxidative protection in various ways like-
directly scavenging free radicals and in essence removing free radicals from the cellular environment
by inhibiting enzymes which allow free radical formation
by maintaining the electron transport chain during stress conditions
by activating anti oxidant enzymes and transcription factors which are responsible for the synthesis of protective molecules like thioredoxin and HSP.
by reducing the inflammatory response through inhibition of NF-kB pathways which is a protein complex which regulates the immune response.
Helps in reduction of liver disease
Silymarin is effective in managing the impact of various toxins which cause the liver to damage
Rich in anti-oxidants
Influences the regenerative capacity of the liver
Improves immune function
As a dietary supplement, take one capsule daily with water or as advised by the healthcare professional.