Silymarin, the flavonolignans extracted from milk thistle

Silibinin (INN), also known as silybin, is the major active constituent of silymarin, the mixture of flavonolignans extracted from milk thistle (Silybum marianum) consisting of silibinin A and B, isosibilinin A and B, silicristin, silidianin.

Both in vitro and animal research suggest that silibinin has hepatoprotective (antihepatotoxic) properties that protect liver cells against toxins. Continue reading

Allium Sativum (garlic)

Garlic (Allium Sativum) is eaten as a food or spice all over the world, but it is also frequently used for health benefits, including to lower blood cholesterol and to inhibit some cancer processes. In Europe alone, garlic is marketed as a foodstuff, a herbal supplement, a herbal medicinal product, a food supplement, a health food or as a pharmaceutical preparation not as a dietary supplement because European Union directive restricts use of that term to vitamins and minerals. In the USA garlic is classed as a food or as a dietary supplement only. In Bangladesh garlic is sold as a phytoprotectant, as a functional food in Nepal, and as aphytotherapeutic agent in Brazil. Continue reading