Milk Thistle Max-V
Milk Thistle Max-V vegetarian capsules, provided by Douglas Laboratories, contain 250 mg of milk thistle extract, standardized to contain a minimum of 80% of the flavonoid silymarin.
Milk thistle, a common herb native to the Mediterranean, has been widely used for its nutritional support of liver
function for over 2,000 years. Seeds of the dried milk thistle flower are rich in silymarin, a bioflavonoid complex
of three flavonolignins: silybin, silydianin, and silychristin. Silymarin is responsible for milk thistle’s powerful
protective and regenerative activities in the liver. The liver is the body’s detoxifying organ, disabling toxins such
as ethanol, environmental poisons, pesticides, and certain pharmaceuticals. In addition to its detoxification
properties, the liver plays an essential role in protein, carbohydrate, and lipid metabolism, cholesterol
synthesis, bile secretion, and storage of fat-soluble vitamins. When damaged or diseased, the liver’s ability to
eliminate toxins and perform its numerous other functions may be severely impaired. Silymarin has been
shown to support and enhance normal, healthy liver function through three primary actions. By binding to the
outer cell membrane, silymarin prevents harmful toxins from entering the cell. Silymarin further protects the
liver as an important component of the liver’s antioxidant defense. The liver generates potentially damaging,
toxic free radicals and reactive oxygen species (e.g. peroxides) as a result of its normal metabolic and
detoxifying functions. Left unchecked, these radicals can damage the cell structure and interfere with normal
cell functions. Fortunately, silymarin provides support for free radical damage. Furthermore, silymarin
enhances levels of glutathione and superoxide dismutase, two primary antioxidants in the liver. In addition to
its protective functions, silymarin stimulates damaged liver cells to regenerate. In the cell nucleus, silymarin
augments the production of ribosomes, stimulating protein synthesis in the damaged cell. This results in
expedited cell regeneration, the replacement and repair of damaged cells.
Milk Thistle Max-V vegetarian capsules may be a useful nutritional supplement for individuals who wish to
enhance healthy hepatic function through the natural protective and regenerative properties of this herb.
Each Vcaps Vegetarian capsule contains:
Milk Thistle ………………………………………………………….. 250 mg
Standardized to 80% Silymarin
(North America, Europe, moderate climates)
In a 100 mg base of non-standardized Milk Thistle
Adults take 1 capsule twice daily between meals or as directed by physician.
No adverse side effects have been reported.
Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct light. Keep out of reach of children.
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