Nature's Plus Herbal Actives Milk Thistle 250 mg. - 60 Vegetarian Capsules
Nature's Plus Herbal Actives Milk Thistle has been used by the traditional health practitioners of Europe since the Middle Ages. Nature's Plus Herbal Actives Milk Thistle seed extract is uniformly standardized to a minimum of 80% (200 mg) silymarin to guarantee that each and every capsule provides consistent potency and activity. Each Nature's Plus Herbal Actives Milk Thistle capsule, provides the greatest concentration of active botanical principles, maximizes the synergistic benefits of the whole seed, which naturally contains silybin, silydianin and silychristin.
Free from artificial colors and preservatives. Free from the common allergens yeast, wheat, corn, soy, and milk.
Parts Used and Where Grown
Milk thistle is commonly found growing wild in a variety of settings, including roadsides. The dried fruit (also called achenes) are used to produce modern herbal extracts.
Historical or Traditional Use
Medical use of milk thistle can be traced back more than 2,000 years. Nicholas Culpeper, the well-known 17th-century pharmacist, cited its use for opening “obstructions” of the liver and spleen and recommended it for the treatment of jaundice.
The dried fruit of milk thistle contain a flavonoid complex known as silymarin. This constituent is responsible for the medical benefits of the plant. Silymarin is made up of three parts: silibinin, silidianin, and silicristin. Silibinin is the most active and is largely responsible for the benefits attributed to silymarin.
Milk thistle extract may protect the cells of the liver by blocking the entrance of harmful toxins and helping remove these toxins from the liver cells. As with other bioflavonoids, silymarin is a powerful antioxidant. Silymarin has also been shown to regenerate injured liver cells. Recent studies have shown that silymarin has the ability to block fibrosis, a process that contributes to the eventual development of cirrhosis in people with inflammatory liver conditions secondary to diseases such as alcohol abuse or hepatitis.
Milk thistle extract is most commonly recommended to counteract the harmful actions of alcohol on the liver. Double-blind trials indicate that it helps the liver return to a healthy state once a person stops drinking. Some trials suggest it may improve quality of life and even life expectancy in people with liver cirrhosis. However, another trial found no effect in cirrhosis patients. Milk thistle alters bile makeup, thereby potentially reducing risk of gallstones. However, this needs to be verified by human clinical trials. Milk thistle extract has been shown to protect the liver from the potentially damaging effect of drugs used to treat schizophrenia and other forms of psychosis. However, one trial found that it did not protect the liver from the potentially harmful effects of the drug Cognex (tacrine hydrochloride) used to treat early-stage Alzheimer’s disease.
How much is usually taken?
For liver disease and impaired liver function, research suggests the use of 420–600 mg of silymarin per day from an herbal extract of milk thistle standardized to 80% silymarin content. According to research and clinical experience, improvement should be noted in about eight to twelve weeks. For people with chronic liver disease, milk thistle extract may be considered a long-term therapy.
For those who prefer, 12–15 grams of milk thistle dried fruits can be ground and eaten or made into a tea. This should not be considered therapeutic for conditions of the liver, however.
Are there any side effects or interactions?
Milk thistle extract is virtually devoid of any side effects and may be used by most people, including pregnant and breast-feeding women. In fact, it has been recommended as a treatment for itching due to poor gallbladder function during pregnancy. Since silymarin stimulates liver and gallbladder activity, it may have a mild, transient laxative effect in some people. This will usually cease within two to three days.
There is one case report of a 57-year-old Australian woman experiencing several episodes of nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting and weakness after taking a milk thistle preparation. This case is so atypical, however, that the Adverse Drug Reactions Advisory Committee of Australia questioned whether the product taken might not have contained other herbs or additives that could be responsible for the adverse reaction.
Are there any drug interactions?
Certain medicines may interact with milk thistle.
Herbal Actives from Nature's Plus
The Nature's Plus Herbal Actives line of herbal supplements and vitamins are the most complete line of powerful standardized herbal formulas ever developed! Many ancient civilizations used health-promoting native plants, botanicals and trees, but more than any other, Chinese and Ayurvedic health traditions have continued from generation to generation.
Herbal Actives draws on this rich tradition of natural health-promoting botanicals to create standardized top-quality herbal supplements and vitamins, enhanced and empowered with the latest herbal research and technology. Millions of consumers around the world rely on Herbal Actives to support their goals for health and well-being.
The extensive line of Herbal Actives herbal supplements and vitamins consists of the most sought-after herbal products on the market, including: Echinacea, goldenseal, St. John's Wort, ginkgo biloba, Korean ginseng, pomegranate, valerian, red yeast rice, super fruits, green tea, milk thistle
...plus over 100 of the finest herbal supplements and vitamins!
The Nature's Plus standards of excellence in quality manufacturing practices guarantees products that exceed industry standards for potency, purity, quality and bioavailability. How Nature's Plus Creates the Highest Quality Herbal Supplements and Vitamins
Strict GMP Compliance
Standardized, Superior-Quality Herbal Ingredients - The effectiveness of Herbal Actives supplements and vitamins starts with using the highest quality, purest herbal extracts and active ingredients. With standardization, every Herbal Actives herbal formula not only provides the highest concentration of active botanical principles, but also maintains the herb's complete profile of balanced constituents, to maximize the synergistic benefits in every serving. You'll find this consistency in every herbal supplement and vitamin produced by Nature's Plus .
Backed by an Independent Laboratory Assay - Nature's Plus is proud to regularly submit a random sample of all Herbal Actives vitamins and supplements to an independent laboratory for objective proof of quality. This is our mark of excellence and your objective guarantee of quality.
Innovators of Herbal Supplements and Vitamins - For over 40 years, Nature's Plus has been a pioneer in the supplement industry. As the first full line of standardized herbs, Herbal Actives ingredients work together synergistically in a perfect balance for maximum support of your health and well-being.
HerbaShield Packaging - Nature's Plus exclusive purity and safety system provides each product with a light-resistant bottle, airtight inner seal, moisture-absorbing packet, tamper-evident safety cap and tamper-proof full bottle seal.
Guaranteed Maximum Potency - Each Herbal Actives formula is scientifically standardized to the highest level of active principles. Look for the Guaranteed Maximum Potency logo as your guarantee of consistency and potency in all herbal supplements and vitamins from Nature's Plus.
The Herbal Actives line is manufactured under strict GMP compliance. GMP refers to "Good Manufacturing Practice" regulations established by the US Food and Drug Administration for pharmaceutical drug companies. The Nature's Plus manufacturing facilities are so exceptional that the FDA gives other manufacturers a guided tour of our facilities to show a "model manufacturing facility." Take a closer look at Herbal Actives' rich variety of botanical and herbal vitamins and supplements from Nature's Plus , the industry's gold standard bearer for quality, innovation and reliability. Place your order online with confidence. Your satisfaction is guaranteed!
About Nature's Plus
Nature's Plus has been considered the gold standard in Natural Vitamins and Nutritional Supplements for over 40 years.
In the early 1970s, when Gerald Kessler founded Nature's Plus, he had a clear vision of the kind of products he wanted to produce. Carefully studying the natural vitamin market, he observed that consumers were seeking energy and an enhanced quality of life from their vitamins. He knew that only a supplement made with superior ingredients and the highest standards of manufacturing could result in exceptional products with the energy-releasing results consumers demanded.
Over 1,200 Natural Vitamins and Nutritional Supplements Later
They continue to fine-tune their products and raise the bar for quality and performance in their industry. Today Nature's Plus products are unsurpassed in their ability to release natural energy and provide the ultimate feeling of well-being. That's why they call them the "Energy Supplements."
The Nature's Plus Quality Commitment
Nature's Plus has worked hard to earn the loyalty of millions of satisfied consumers and health food retailers worldwide with our emphasis on high quality at every stage - from manufacturing to on-time delivery to retailers:
Selection of the highest quality safe and natural ingredients
Over 1,200 natural vitamins and nutritional supplements to meet a wide variety of needs
Customized nutritional products for men, women and children that deliver maximum results
State-of-the-art manufacturing facility. Their facilities, which are FDA registered and NSF certified, maintain continuous adherence to cGMP compliance and superior standards through consistent review by their Quality teams.
Ongoing research and development continues to bring you and your family the most effective vitamins and supplements based on solid, scientific findings
Innovative vitamins and supplements enhanced with special combinations of ingredients for maximum health and energy benefits
100% Consumer Satisfaction Guarantee. Nature's Plus is committed to supplying superior quality natural vitamins and nutritional supplements that meet the high-energy demands of their customers without shortcuts or compromise.