How it helps you heal
Milk thistle, and the extracts from it have been widely studied to help lower inflammation. In particular, to assist with reducing stress and improving liver function. Studies have suggested that extracts from milk thistle may help improve liver function when it is challenged. Your liver processes and gets rids of estrogen from your blood, so keeping your liver healthy is an important aspect of having a healthy menstrual cycle.
Found in: Silybum marianum also known as milk thistle
Amount: 75mg of Siliphos®
Supplier: Indena S.p.A. (Italy)
What makes it special: Siliphos® is a patented extract of milk thistle that has been purified, standardized, and then encapsulated in a phytosome. The phytosome is a special structure of sunflower lecithin that ensures your body can absorb the active ingredients in milk thistle as they pass through your body. The raw extract from milk thistle is poorly absorbed by your body, so this encapsulation is critical for you body to benefit from the supplement. Siliphos® is a registered trademark of Indena S.p.A.
There are 600+ plus published papers looking into how silymarin works. Take a dive into the research to see what the science says. Below are three papers to get you started.
- Fetoprotectivity of the flavanolignan compound siliphos against ethanol-induced toxicity. Phytotherapy Research 14, 517–521 (2000).
- Silibinin inhibits the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines through inhibition of NF-κB signaling pathway in HMC-1 human mast cells. Inflammation Research 62, 941–950 (2013).
- Anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic activities of silymarin acting through inhibition of 5-lipoxygenase. Phytomedicine 7, 21–24 (2000).