is one form of milk thistle extract that has been clinically proven
to be dramatically more effective at protecting liver cells.
This more potent substance is called Silymarin Phytosome™ and is the same
patented Phytosome form that is the active ingredient in Fatigue Relief Plus™.
Silymarin Phytosome supercharges the absorption and effectiveness of milk thistle.
World-renowned natural health expert, Dr. Michael Murray, talks about this increased
effectiveness in the following excerpt from an article on Phytosomes in Healthworld:
“...Silymarin (milk thistle extract) is a potent liver-protecting substance,
useful in all types of liver disease... Although silymarin is quite effective
clinically, it is not very bioavailable (it is hard for the body to absorb).
In contrast, binding one molecule of silymarin with two molecules of phosphatidylcholine
in the Phytosome process creates a highly bioavailable new form of silymarin.
The Phytosome form is far superior to simple silymarin in every respect.”
In an article about Hepatitis C in the March 1999 issue of Let's Live magazine
author Nicole Brechka had this to say about the active ingredient in Fatigue Relief Plus™:
" ...A new form of milk thistle that is bound with phosphatidylcholine,
Silymarin Phytosome™, may be even more powerful for fighting liver damage..."
(You can read more about the patented Phytosome process and its advantages
in the Phytosome® section of this website.)
What is a Phytosome brand
To be properly absorbed by the body, the active molecules of a herbal compound
(bioflavonoids) must first link up with a fatty acid. This natural process usually
takes place within the body. Unfortunately, not all the herbal compound is able
to link up with fatty acids, resulting in much of the herb’s active ingredients
passing out of the body, unused. Phytosome brand products put a stop to this
The patented Phytosome brand process ensures the vital link between
bioflavonoid and fatty acid takes place before the herbal supplement is taken
into the body, improving absorption, increasing biological availability, and
enhancing delivery to the tissues. The fatty acid to which active plant ingredients
are bound is a natural component of lecithin, known as phosphatidylcholine (fos-fah-ty-dil-ko-leen).
The milk thistle (Silybum marianum), is a tall, purple-flowered plant of Mediterranean
origin belonging to the daisy family. Since early Greek times, milk thistle seeds
have been used to treat liver complaints.
During the 1970s, German scientists
were able to isolate the ingredient of milk thistle seeds that directly protects
the liver cells. They called this component silymarin. Silymarin has a number
of unique functions and is a particularly powerful antioxidant/free radical scavenger.
It has been found to be particularly effective against the free radicals that
cause the liver cells to degenerate.
Silymarin also appears to increase one of
the liver’s most important detoxification enzyme, glutathione. Another way
the liver can sustain damage is through the action of substances known as leukotrienes.
These compounds arise when an enzyme known as lipoxygenase is present. Silymarin
inhibits this enzyme, preventing the leukotrienes from attacking the liver.
three effects, working in concert, strongly suggest that the presence of silymarin
from milk thistle helps the liver’s natural antioxidant systems to deal
with toxins more effectively. Silymarin also stimulates the production of protein
in the liver. This results in the generation of new cells to replace old or damaged
cells. Silymarin is especially effective in the prevention and treatment of
liver damage caused by alcohol or toxic chemicals.
The absorption of silymarin
is greatly enhanced by the Phytosome brand process. In one study, the amount
of silybin (an active component of silymarin) recovered in the bile within 48
hours of ingestion was 11% for the Silymarin Phytosome™ brand group, and
only 3 percent for the silymarin group.
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