Silybum Marianum (Milk thistle) is an erect, annual or biennial plant, 0.5-1.5 m tall, spiked both on leaves and on the inflorescence, branched. The root is fusiform, stem is with longitudinal grooves and short soft hairs. Leaves are alternate, oblong ovate, 8-15 cm long, both primary and secondary ridge extending by one long thorn, between which, there are many short, hairless, white spots. Flowers are tubular, red in color, grouped into large antodii (4-5 cm), with involucrated leaflets terminated in long thorns 1-2 cm long and rigid. Fruits are cylindrical achenes.
Chemical composition – Contains silymarin – a flavonoid complex extracted from the seeds, a mixture of 7 flavonolignans (silybine A, silybine B, isosylibine A isosilibine B isosylichrystine, sylidianine, sylichrystine) and taxifolin flavonoids, flavonols (quercetol), fumaric acid, etc.
Properties – Liver tonic, hepatoprotector, digestive, cholagogue, detoxifier, stimulates gallbladder activity, hypocholesterolemic, immunostimulant.
Recommendation – Chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis, liver failure, nocive effects of chemotherapy on liver (hepatotoxic drugs, alcohol), alcoholism, indigestion, constipation, low blod pressure, skin diseases (psoriasis, vitiligo), immunodeficiency, hypercholesterolemia.
This plant is incorporated in natural remedy LIVECOM Syrup.