What is Silybum marianum?
Extracts from the fruit of the Silybum marianumits plant may help to support a healthy liver.
The history of Silybum marianum use
Silybum marianum, also known as Milk thistle, has been used for more than 2,000 years to help health concerns related to the liver. Historically in some parts of the world, the plant’s leaves, roots and stems were eaten raw, or toasted and boiled. It is a thorny plant, which originates from the Europe and is now found throughout the world. The leaves of Silybum marianum contain splashes of white which were historically said to be ‘Mother Mary’s milk - hence its common nickname, milk thistle. It’s also commonly known as Holy thistle, Marian Thistle, Our Lady's thistle and Wild Artichoke. Modern milk thistle extracts are made from the fruit of the plant which are then often standardised to the amount of silymarin they contain.
The specific extract used by Flordis
The specific Silybum marianum extract used by Flordis is known as MZ 80.
Silymarin is generally understood to be poorly absorbed in the intestine, however the MZ 80 extract maintains bioavailability of the active ingredient by use of a patented simultaneous precipitation process which makes MZ 80 highly bioavailable.1 This means the extract has been uniquely formulated to efficiently release silibinin – believed to be the most beneficial component of silymarin. This individual and highly technical process helps ensure a consistent form and amount of MZ 80 in every formulation - meaning each final product will contain the same high quality active ingredient.
Natural medicines can vary considerably depending on how they are produced. Flordis believes it’s the science behind growing, harvesting and processing that delivers the true health benefits of natural medicine. That’s why in the making of a Flordis medicine, careful attention is applied to plant species and growing methods through to cultivation and harvest, using precise processes to help produce consistent crops. This is continued with extracting and manufacturing of specific ingredients following a series of strict controls to help deliver a consistent medicine from one batch to the next.
It is this specific medicine that is tested in clinical trials. And it’s the same medicine that you receive, which is one of the reasons you can feel good about its effectiveness. Flordis medicines follow processes where all of the steps involved in the growth and manufacture of the natural medicine are tightly controlled to reduce variability and to help ensure consistency.
The Silybum marianum extract used by Flordis, MZ 80, has been very well researched and has demonstrated good results in clinical trials.