Milk thistle has been in use for well over 2,000 years for liver disorders. Ancient civilizations noticed the health benefits from early on and science now indicates milk thistle’s benefits come from its ability to protect against cellular damage particularly in the liver, gallbladder and bile ducts. For example, ancient Romans used milk thistle to treat most any toxin in the body, even snakebites. However, it was primarily used for common liver ailments.
In Germany, the Health Department commissioned studies and concluded that milk thistle should be used in liver damage treatment even as severe as cirrhosis due to its safety and efficacy.
The active medical ingredient in milk thistle is silymarin, found in the milk thistle seed. Silymarin is composed of 6 compounds and Silybin is the one identified in bestowing its health benefits.
Its important to note that the comparative bioavailability of silybin over milk thistle is higher. Most studies show the absorption between the two is approximately 10:1. Mathematically stated, this requires 1000 mg of milk thistle to equal the health benefits found in that of 100 mg of silybin.
Choline’s Important Role:
Many are not aware the ingredient choline further increases silybin’s bioavailability. A common form of choline in supplementation is phosphatidylcholine. When choosing a supplement to treat fatty liver or other liver ailments, this should be a consideration.1
There are studies that prove increased absorption of the silybin phosphatidylcholine complex at approximately 7-8 times that without phosphatidylcholine. Any supplements taken to treat the liver, gallbladder and or bile ducts must have these two ingredients without exception to most effective: silybin and phosphatidylcholine.2
These two ingredients are fundamental in fast tracking liver recovery; although they are hard to find in the marketplace. This is one of the reasons Brendan Gaughran, founder of Liver Medic formulated Hepatiben so you don’t need to search for multiple supplements. They are all found in one solution: Hepatiben.
The Way in Which Silybin Works is as Follows:
- Increasing the strength of cell walls, making it more difficult for toxins to cross into the cell.
- Promoting the breakdown of toxins especially in the liver (Phase II Conjugation).
- Acting as an anti-oxidant, blocking cell wall damage from free radicals.
Laboratory experiments have show silybin has possible cancer benefits as well, although Liver Medic does not endorse using silybin in place of cancer treatments. Independent studies have shown silybin decreases the toxicity of treatment and may slow the growth of certain cancers, while promoting healthy cell.3