Milk thistle in liver diseases: past, present, future.

  title={Milk thistle in liver diseases: past, present, future.},
  author={Ludovico Abenavoli and Raffaele Capasso and Natasa M Milic and Francesco Capasso},
  journal={Phytotherapy research : PTR},
  volume={24 10},
Silybum marianum or milk thistle (MT) is the most well-researched plant in the treatment of liver disease. The active complex of MT is a lipophilic extract from the seeds of the plant and is composed of three isomer flavonolignans (silybin, silydianin, and silychristin) collectively known as silymarin. Silybin is a component with the greatest degree of biological activity and makes up 50% to 70% of silymarin. Silymarin is found in the entire plant but it is concentrated in the fruit and seeds… CONTINUE READING