Benefits of Silymarin

Silymarin, the key active compound in milk thistle, is one of the most potent liver protective substances known. Silymarin has been shown to increase glutathione production in the liver by around 30%, thus increasing detoxification capabilities significantly.

Milk Thistle - silybum marianum

A)    LIVER DETOXIFICATION AND REGENERATION

Silymarin, the key active compound in milk thistle, is one of the most potent liver protective substances known. Silymarin has been shown to increase glutathione production in the liver by around 30%, thus increasing detoxification capabilities significantly. Silymarin also stimulates protein synthesis in the liver encouraging the growth of healthy liver cells. In addition, bile activity is stimulated with the ingestion of milk thistle, an attribute that is both supportive to the liver and gall bladder.

B)    NORMALISING SKIN CELL REPLICATION

Studies show that silymarin can normalise skin cell replication by correcting the ratio between levels of cAMP and cGMP (the compounds that govern skin cell maturation and multiplication). This action, combined with the herb's anti-inflammatory effect has led to substantial clinical success in the treatment of psoriasis.

C)    ANTIOXIDANT

Due to silymarin's ability to raise glutathione levels in the liver, antioxidant systems are greatly enhanced. Glutathione is used to make glutathione peroxidase, the body's most potent free radical fighting enzyme. The flavonoids contained in milk thistle also exert direct antioxidant capabilities.

D)    ANTI-INFLAMMATORY

Milk thistle provides anti-inflammatory actions due to the inhibition of leukotrienes, the boosting of antioxidant enzyme systems and the elimination of certain toxins that tend to trigger inflammatory reactions.