From Silybum marianum (L.) Gaertn. a new natural preventive targeted at the liver
The fruit of the milk thistle (Silybum marianum, Family Asteraceae) contains complex flavonoids and the plant has been used for centuries to address liver health(1-2). Silymarin, the active ingredient of the plant, is a mixture of at least seven flavolignans and one flavonoid. The most abundant and potent costituents in silymarin are two diastereoisomeric compounds (silybin A and silybin B) known as silybin (also called silibinin).
Unfortunately, silymarin, and even more silybin, have a poor intestinal absorption, that limits their benefits. For this reason, many studies have used phospholipid-complexed ingredients made through the Phytosome®s technology, like Silymarin Phytosome®, Silipide® or Siliphos®, the pharmacokinetically equivalent of Silipide® for healthfood applications.
To overcome the poor bioavailability of silybin, Indena has complexed it with soy phospholipids (non-GMO) exploiting the Phytosome® technology.