Milk Thistle Extract

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The use of Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) for its beneficial health properties dates back thousands of years. Its name is derived from the milky-white liquid that plant’s leaves contain. Sometimes referred to as St. Mary’s Thistle, the plant contains a flavonoid complex called Silymarin found mostly in its seeds, which has been shown to support healthy liver function in a number of ways.

Silymarin has demonstrated the ability to prevent oxidative degradation of cell membranes and also protect the liver from a range of toxins, making it an effective tool for protecting and detoxifying the liver.

Gold Source Lab’s Standardized Milk Thistle Extract is comprised of a extract containing 80% Silymarin plus Organic Milk Thistle seeds which contain additional Silymarin plus other full spectrum constituents.

Protecting the Liver

Silymarin consists of a number of flavonolignans, including silydianin, silychristin, and silibinin, which have been shown to boost the immune system, combat DNA damage and reverse aberrant cell growth. Silibinin also been shown to strengthen the outside of cell walls to make them more resistant to damage and mutation, as well as to common antigenic poisons such as nicotine and alcohol. Used in conjunction with our natural immune aids such as Oregano Oil and Olive Leaf Extract, Milk Thistle Extract can form a strong foundation for sound immune health.

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milk thistle extract capsulesDetoxifying the Blood

A number of scientific studies suggest that Silymarin and its constituents help protect the liver from industrial toxins such as xylene and toluene, as well as from certain drugs, such as acetaminophen, which can cause damage to the liver in high doses. The antioxidant silibinin, a major constituent of Silymarin, has exhibited the ability to prevent toxins from residing in the body as well as help repair and renew damaged cells.

Heart Health

Since that part of your cholesterol that is made by your body is created by the liver, a healthy liver naturally supports healthy cholesterol levels. Studies have supported this showing that Milk thistle appears to raise levels of HDL (good cholesterol) while and decreasing the risk of atherosclerosis. Mores studies are necessary, but current research suggest that Silymarin may also help reduce blood pressure.


As if all of the above benefits of Milk Thistle and Silymarin aren’t enough, studies have indicated that Milk Thistle can not only help reduce blood sugar levels, but improve overall insulin resistance. This is great news for those who suffer from type 2 diabetes, as both high cholesterol and insulin resistance are typical in those with this disease.

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Tip of the Iceberg

From liver support to blood detoxification to heart health, we think we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Milk Thistle’s health benefits. Refer to some of the promising new studies listed below regarding Milk Thistle’s possible role in support for cognitive health, depression and oncology.

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References and Research from PubMed

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Studies Involving Milk Thistle and Liver Support:

The therapeutic effect of silymarin in the treatment of nonalcoholic fatty disease: A meta-analysis (PRISMA) of randomized control trials.

=> “SIL [Silymarin] can be an encouraging and considerable phytotherapy for NAFLD [Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease] patients.”

Protective effects of silymarin on epirubicin-induced mucosal barrier injury of the gastrointestinal tract.

=> “In conclusion, our findings suggest that silymarin may prevent cellular damage of epirubicin-induced toxicity and was effective in reducing the severity indicators of gastrointestinal mucositis in mice.”

Silymarin Ameliorates Metabolic Dysfunction Associated with Diet-Induced Obesity via Activation of Farnesyl X Receptor.

=> “Our results suggest that silybin is an effective component of silymarin for treating metabolic syndrome by stimulating FXR signaling.”

Silymarin, the antioxidant component and Silybum marianum extracts prevent liver damage.

=> “Silybum marianum got a bright reputation in relieve the liver diseases, and that might be for the potent silymarin mixture.”

Studies Involving Milk Thistle and Oncology:

Milk Thistle (Silybum Marianum) as a Supportive Phytotherapeutic Agent in Oncology.

=> “Based on the results of these studies, milk thistle or silymarin could be beneficial in oncology patients, especially for the treatment of the side effects of anticancer chemotherapeutics.”

Dietary supplementation of silymarin protects against chemically induced nephrotoxicity, inflammation and renal tumor promotion response.

=> “From these results, it could be concluded that silymarin markedly protects against chemically induced renal cancer and acts plausibly by virtue of its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antiproliferative activities.”

Studies Involving Milk Thistle and Detoxification:

Dietary supplementation of silymarin is associated with decreased cell proliferation, increased apoptosis, and activation of detoxification system in hepatocellular carcinoma.

=> “These results demonstrate that suppression of HCC by silymarin in vivo involves inhibition of proliferation, activation of apoptosis, and efficient detoxification.”

Studies Involving Milk Thistle and Depression:

Silibinin ameliorates anxiety/depression-like behaviors in amyloid β-treated rats by upregulating BDNF/TrkB pathway and attenuating autophagy in hippocampus.

=> “Our study provides a new insight into the protective effects of silibinin in the treatment of anxiety/depression.”

Studies Involving Milk Thistle and Cognitive Health:

Silymarin extends lifespan and reduces proteotoxicity in C. elegans Alzheimer’s model.

=> “These results suggested that silymarin is a potential hormetin for preventing aging and age-related diseases.”

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