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Thisilyn - Milk Thistle Extract

Thisilyn - Milk Thistle Extract

Monday, April 19th 2004

Thisilyn's superior bioavailability

Most milk thistle brands claim to contain 80% silymarin, but too much of it passes through the digestive system without being absorbed. That's because silymarin molecules tend to bind together and not break apart in the digestive tract. However, Nature's Way Thisilyn® is manufactured to a patented formula which significantly improves the absorption of silymarin.

Clinically proven

Backed by over 200 scientific studies and over 25 years of intensive research, the unique Nature's Way Thisilyn® formula is protected by international patents. Germany's Commission E Herbal Monograph on milk thistle extract was based on Thisilyn® science. Throughout the world, Thisilyn® is the leading milk thistle extract recommended by doctors and used by consumers and it was the first milk thistle introduced to New Zealanders over fourteen years ago.

Therapeutic dose

One Thisilyn® capsule is usually taken three times daily. Thisilyn® can be used safely on a long term basis, and is recommended for persons who drink alcohol, are exposed to environmental pollutants or consume an excessively fatty diet.


Most people, including pregnant and lactating women, may use Thisilyn®. Since silymarin stimulates liver and gallbladder activity, it may have a mild, transient laxative effect in some individuals which usually ceases within 2 to 3 days.


Each day many of us are exposed to potentially harmful toxic substances such as: second hand cigarette smoke and pollutants in the air we breathe, unwanted chemicals and pesticides in the foods we eat, industrial solvents in the place of work and alcohol in the beverages we may drink. Numerous prescription drugs including anti-acne, anticonvulsants, cholesterol lowering, tricyclic antidepressants, major tranquillizers plus high doses of over the counter drugs such as paracetamol are potentially toxic to the liver.

Many of these substances are detoxified within the body by the liver.

How our liver helps

The liver is our body's primary "cleansing" organ, keeping toxins from affecting other systems such as the heart, blood vessels, eyes and skin. When overexposed to toxins and/or an excessive fatty diet, the liver can become less effective and damaged.

Fortunately the liver has the ability to heal itself. Regular exercise, abstention from smoking or excessive alcohol consumption, eating a healthy diet and regularly supplementing with a special milk thistle extract can help support a healthy liver.

Milk thistle's active bioflavonoid complex, silymarin, is a powerful antioxidant that exerts a protective affect against pollutants and other substances that may be harmful to the liver. Silymarin binds directly to the outside of liver cells and blocks the entrance of toxins. Silymarin also helps the liver produce glutathione, an extremely potent antioxidant and a natural front-line defence against free radical damage. The highest concentration of glutathione is found in the liver, where it is used as an "anti-toxin" to inactivate drugs, hormones and foreign chemicals. And in situations where the liver needs maximum support, silymarin also actually helps it synthesize new protein and regenerate injured liver cells. It also alters bile makeup, thereby potentially reducing the risk of gallstones and also preventing problems such as relapses of glandular fever.

Reproduced unabridged from the April - June 2004 issue of Health and Herbal News, with the kind permission of Health and Herbs International Ltd.

Footnote from Ideal Health:

The following products are all useful for Supporting your Liver:

Burdock Root
Chicory Coffee
Dandelion Coffee
Dandelion Root
Liver Detox and Support
Liver Cleanse
Livatone Plus
Liver Detox & Support
Red Clover Combination
Super Thisilyn - Advanced Detox Formula
Thisilyn Cleanse With Herbal Digestive Sweep
Thisilyn Daily Cleanse
Thisilyn Digestive Cleanse

Related health information can be found here:

Beet Root-a splendid liver and kidney cleanser, full of nutrients & iron
Cirrhosis (Liver)
Crohn's Disease
Liver Problems
Liver cleansing herbs
The benefits of fasting & detoxifying
Thisilyn for liver support

Related articles can be found here:

Detox your body - improve your engery
Detoxify & Rejuvenate - Thisilyn Cleanse
Don't Forget Your Liver
Improve liver function with Artichoke

If you need help or advice, you are welcome to email our naturopathic team with your health question.

Disclaimer: The health information presented here has been written for the New Zealand health consumer. It is of a general nature and is only intended to provide a summary of the subjects covered. The information is not intended to be comprehensive or to provide medical advice to you. While all care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information, no responsibility or liability is accepted, and no person should act in reliance on any statement contained in the information provided. All health ailments should be treated by a qualified health professional.


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