Milk thistleis a common name for Silybum marianum, a flowering plant in the Asteraceae family. It also has many other common names, including Marian thistle, Mary thistle, Saint Mary's thistle and Scotch thistle. Milk thistle originates from Southern Europe, although it is now found in temperate regions throughout the world.
Silymarinis a kind of favonolignan compound.The main ingredients are:Silybin,Isosilybin, Silydianin, Silychristin, etc. It has the efficacy of liver protecting, improve function of liver, promote biliation and diminish liver inflammation. As a kind of better antioxidant,it can clearing free radical in human body, postpone senility. Silymarin can protect the liver from damage of alcohol, chemical toxicant, drug, food poison, environmental pollution; Accelerate liver cell regenerating and repairing. So it is called “The natural liverprotection drug”. In addition, Silymarin has the function of radiation hardening, arteriosclerosis preventing, skinaging delaying. It is widely used in drug, health products, food and cosmetics.
Silibinin (INN), also known as(both from Silybum, the generic name of the plant from which it is extracted), is the major active constituent of silymarin, a standardized extract of the milk thistle seeds, containing a mixture of flavonolignans consisting of
silibinin, isosilibinin, silicristin, silidianin, and others. Silibinin itself is a mixture of two diastereomers, silybin A and silybin B, in approximately equimolar ratio. The mixture exhibits a number of pharmacological effects, particularly in the liver, and there is some clinical evidence for the use of silibinin as a supportive element in alcoholic and child grade 'A' liver cirrhosis.
Use as Medicine:Silymarin powder can protect the liver by promoting the growth of new living, an antioxidant or free radical scavenger ,promote the secretion of bile andinflammation, prevent the damage of alcohol,chemical toxin and heavy metals.