Silybin vs Milk Thistle:
Far Superior Bioavailability for Liver Disorders
Milk thistle has been in use for well over 2,000 years for liver disorders. Ancient civilizations noticed the health benefits from early on and science now indicates milk thistle’s benefits come from its ability to protect against cell damage particularly in the liver, gallbladder and bile ducts. For example, ancient Romans used milk thistle to treat most any toxin in the body, even snakebites. Though it was mostly used for common liver ailments.
In Germany, the Health Department commissioned studies and concluded that milk thistle should be used in liver damage treatment even as severe as cirrhosis due to its safety and efficacy.
An active medical ingredient in milk thistle is silymarin, found in the milk thistle seed. Silymarin is composed of 6 compounds and Silybin is the one found to bestow its health benefits.
In addition to the benefits of milk thistle, mostly attributed to the compound Silybin, the comparative bioavailability of Silybin over milk thistle is much higher. Most studies show the difference between the two is around 10:1. Therefore, it would require 1000 mg of milk thistle to equal the health benefits found in that of 100 mg of Silybin.
It’s also important to note that the presence of Phosphatidylcholine further increases the bioavailability of Silybin. When choosing a supplement to treat fatty liver or other liver ailments, this should be a consideration.1
There are studies that prove increased absorption of the silybin phosphatidylcholine complex at approximately 7-8 times that without phosphatidylcholine. Any supplements taken to treat the liver, gallbladder and or bile ducts must have two ingredients without exception: silybin and phosphatidylcholine.2
The way in which Silybin works is as follows:
- Increasing the strength of cell walls, making it more difficult for toxins to cross into the cell.
- Promoting the breakdown of toxins especially in the liver.
- Acting as an anti-oxidant, blocking cell wall damage from free radicals.
Laboratory experiments have show Silybin has possible cancer benefits as well, although Liver Medic does not recommend using silybin in place of other treatments. Silybin decreases the toxicity of treatment and may slow the growth of certain cancers, while promoting healthy cell.3