Milk thistle is an herb that has a very strong reputation, particularly with regard to support liver function. The name 'thistle' stems from the legend that the white spots on the leaves come from milk of the Virgin Mary.
Of this plant are usually the seeds (fruit) used in herbal preparations. The black pericarp contains flavonolignanen (including silymarin), flavonoids and phenolic derivatives. The active substances of plants are often intracellularly. Plant cells, however, are surrounded by sturdy, and indigestible cell walls to humans (cellulose). As a result, it is necessary, by means of extraction to remove the active ingredients from the plant so that it better available for the human body. An herbal preparation containing the whole herb (not extract) will therefore be less effective.
The active ingredients of milk thistle are both lipophilic (flavonolignanen) and hydrophilic (phenol derivatives, flavonoids). At this plant, it is therefore important that you choose for an extraction method that both types of components extracted from the fruit.
Unique extraction method
The PhytoPrevent extraction method is ideally suited to obtain a high-quality extract. Typical of these patented method is the use of a solvent consisting of water and alcohol in an ever-changing ratio. Hereby is achieved that both the water soluble and fat-soluble components are extracted so that in the final product, the properties of the original plant continue to retain as much as possible. This is desirable because much is still unknown about the substances which are responsible for the effect of the herb, and because a part of this effect may be based on synergy between the various plant components. Another advantage of PhytoPrevent is that exclusive use of organically grown crops. Further, the final product is free of alcohol, and herbal extracts are freeze-dried so that they are not exposed to high temperatures during the manufacturing process.