Milk thistle extract extraction and benefits

🌿Milk thistle introduction
Milk thistle is a common ornamental plant and a medicinal plant with a long history and rich effects. Its English name is Milk Thistle, its scientific name is Silybum marianum, and it belongs to the Asteraceae family. The flowers of milk thistle are white or light yellow, have fragrance and beautiful shape, and are one of the most popular ornamental plants for many people.
Milk thistle serves not only as an ornamental plant but also as a health product or medicine for liver protection. Moreover, it contains a compound known as silymarin. This natural flavonoid lignan compound exhibits antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and protective effects on liver cell membranes and organelles.

🌱 Milk thistle extraction method
Milk thistle extract mainly consists of two parts: silymarin and other ingredients. The most important ingredient is silibinin, one of the core components that protects and stabilizes liver cell membranes. In addition to silymarin and silybin, several other isomers are present in milk thistle, such as isosilybin, silybinin, and silybum marianum Ting et al.
So, how can we truly extract the active ingredients? There isn’t a fixed method, as various brands or products may employ different extraction processes. However, broadly speaking, the extraction process can be delineated into the following steps:
Step 1: Collect and dry the roots of the milk stems. The root of the milk stem is the longest and thickest part of the milk stem. Here you can find a large amount of milk stem roots containing active ingredients (mainly flavonoids).
Step 2: After drying, collect the milk stem roots for preliminary processing. Cutting, crushing, soaking and other operations may be performed here to remove impurities and increase the solubility of active ingredients in solvents.
Step 3: After preliminary processing, collect the milk stem roots for further processing. Filtration, extraction, crystallization, and other operations may be performed here to remove the solvent and obtain a solution containing active ingredients (mainly flavonoids).
Step 4: Evaporate, dry, and pulverize the obtained solution to obtain powder or granules containing active ingredients (mainly flavonoids).
Step 5: Pack and store the obtained powder or granules for subsequent use or sale.

🍃Milk thistle extract benefits
Protects the liver: Silymarin can protect liver cells from damage by free radicals and toxins, helping to prevent hepatitis, cirrhosis, alcoholic liver damage, and other diseases.
Antioxidant: Silymarin is a powerful antioxidant that can scavenge free radicals in the body and prevent oxidative damage to cells.
Anti-inflammatory: Silymarin inhibits the inflammatory response and helps reduce pain and swelling caused by inflammation.

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