Milk thistle (Silybum Marianum)
Milk thistle also known as St Mary’s thistle with the active ingredient silymarin. Many in vitro and in vivo studies have demonstrated silymarin protection of liver against many substances such as ethanol (Das & Vasudevan 2006) and medications such as paracetamol (Chrungoo et al 1997).
Silymarin is most concentrated in the milk thistle plant but it can also be found in some common foods in much smaller amounts:
Known to have antioxidant
Has antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties ⁽¹⁾
Promotes healthy digestive function
Increasing bile production
Soothing the mucous membranes throughout the body
Silymarin is a flavonoid and part of the phytonutrient family, which is a group of compounds found in plants that display antioxidant properties. The silymarin extracted from milk thistle is known to have antioxidant as well as antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties (1). Other benefits of Silybum Marianum include promoting healthy digestive function, increasing bile production, decreasing inflammation and soothing the mucous membranes throughout the body. A recent study has found that Silybum Marianum to have the following outcomes: antimicrobial, anticancer, hepatoprotective, cardiovascular-protective, neuroprotective, skin-protective, antidiabetic, and other effects (2).
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1. Kim, Moon-Sun et al. “Optimal management for alcoholic liver disease: Conventional medications, natural therapy or combination?.” World journal of gastroenterology vol. 22,1 (2016): 8-23. doi:10.3748/wjg.v22.i1.8
2. Wang, Xin et al. “Health Benefits of Silybum marianum: Phytochemistry, Pharmacology, and Applications.” Journal of agricultural and food chemistry vol. 68,42 (2020): 11644-11664. doi:10.1021/acs.jafc.0c04791