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Sylicynar®

Sylicynar®

Active ingredients: 140 mg of artichoke herb dry extract (Cynarae...

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Syliflex®

Syliflex®

Active ingredients: Silymarin-phospholipides complex with 30% of flavonolignans on the...

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Sylimarol 35® mg

Sylimarol 35® mg

Active ingredients: 50 mg of Sylibum husk dry extract (Silybi...

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Sylimarol 70® mg

Sylimarol 70® mg

Active ingredients:100 mg of Sylibum husk dry extract (Silybi mariani...

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Sylimarol® Vita 150

Sylimarol® Vita 150

Active ingredients:Sylibum marianum husk dry extract ( Silybi mariani fructus...

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When the liver fails, help it naturally!

The liver is one of the critical organs in the human body. Its primary task is to detoxify the system of harmful chemicals originating from the environment and generated in the body by metabolic processes.
Sometimes the liver can not keep up with the detoxification of harmful compounds. This is manifested by digestive disorders which can be accompanied with pains in the right side.
It is worth considering how to help the liver function.

The liver under scrutiny

Detoxification of chemical compounds in the human body is a tiered process which consumes a considerable amount of energy and requires a lot of work to be done by the liver.

The process occurs in the liver cells called hepatocytes. Hepatocytes feature enzymatic systems (i.e. microsomal complexes) which serve to carry out the reactions of chemical detoxication. As demonstrated by scientific research, the activity of enzymatic systems in liver cells is different among individuals. That is why each of us has a different susceptibility to indigestion or liver damage, e.g. by alcohol. This is called individuality.
Detoxication reactions can be divided as follows:

  • Phase one reactions – intended to neutralise the harmful chemical compound by modifying its structure, e.g. by separating one of the structural elements. The reactions are also supposed to prepare the chemical compound for the next stage of detoxication.
  • Phase two reactions modify the chemical compound further to improve its water solubility and accelerate its excretion from the body.

At each of these two stages the liver requires certain nutrients. If exposed to a large quantity of harmful components, the liver can completely deplete the essential nutrients. A deficiency in just one nutrient is enough to inhibit the processes in the liver or stop them altogether. During phase one of detoxication the liver needs vitamin B2 and PP, magnesium, iron, molybdenum and essential fatty acids (EFA and omega acids). If there are many toxins in the system, phase one also requires vitamin A, E and C. The essential phase two components are zinc, copper, thiamine (vitamin B1), pantothen acid (vitamin B5), folic acid and pyridoxamine (vitamin B6). It is then evident that providing the body with a vitamin and mineral rich diet is essential.

Detoxication is not the only important function of the liver. The organ also participates in digestion and metabolism of fats, carbohydrates and proteins. It also stores vitamins. The liver also preserves glycogen, which is a series of interconnected glucose molecules. If the blood glucose concentration drops, glycogen releases glucose molecules from its structure (the main energy source in the human system) which go directly to the blood stream and feed all organs.

Another important aspect of the functioning of the liver is the conversion of cholesterol into bile acids: cholic, deoxycholic, chenodeoxycholic and lithocholic acid. The acids are stored in the gallbladder which is located next to the liver. If a large amount of fats is consumed in food, the gallbladder shrinks to release its whole contents to the small intestine. The bile acids are natural emulsifiers which facilitate digestion of fats by pancreatic lipase. They break down the fat deposits, which allow pancreatic lipase to reach the individual fat molecules and digest them so that they can be absorbed in the intestine and used by body tissues.

When does the liver need help?

Due to the immensely active metabolism of the liver, the organ is especially prone to damage. First, there is a staggering amount of free radicals produced in the liver. They come from the enzymatic systems (microsomal complexes) of hepatocytes which detoxify the processed chemical compounds. Free radicals are very destructive to liver cells. Their action may result in a lot of damage, disrupted work of the liver or even neoplastic diseases. Hence free radicals should be neutralised by antioxidant treatment. It is worth helping your body with herbal preparations from time to time.
Do not underestimate the symptoms of digestive disorders such as gases, flatulence, constipation or pains in the right side. They may indicate that the current diet is too heavy and should be modified.
If after a blood test you are told that the cholesterol and/or triglyceride levels are excessive, you need to take preventative measures and care for your liver. Indeed, problems with the liver are often the main cause of disorders in the fat metabolism of the body.

Choose the power of herbs!

The extracts of two plants have been proven to be extremely effective in the treatment of liver disorders: Silybum marianum (Milk thistle) and the artichoke.

Globe artichoke (Cynara cardunculus var. scolymus) – its main active ingredient is cynarine, a flavonoid. The extract from artichoke leaves is cholagogic, choleopoietic, hepaprotective, cholesterol-reducing and also a strong antioxidant.

  • The choleopoietic action is a complex process which begins with stimulating the liver to increase the secretion of cholesterol, transform it into bile acids (cholic and deoxycholic) and produce enough bile which contains cholesterol, phospholipids, bilirubin and water, apart from bile acids.
  • The cholagogic action concerns diastole of the gallbladder and the bile ducts to discharge the bile into the duodenum via Oddi's sphincter. Numerous research works have confirmed the high effectiveness of this action, where the bile throughput would rise by 127 percent up to 153 percent.
  • The hepaprotective action of cynarine against the effect of free radicals in human and animal hepatocytes has been tested. The protective effect on the liver cells has been confirmed. Clinical trials have revealed a major improvement in the structural and functional condition of hepatocytes.
  • An anticholesterol action has been demonstrated in patients with high cholesterol levels. Analytical assays have shown major drops in total cholesterol and LDL (the so-called "bad cholesterol").

Available preparation: SYLICYNAR. The recommended dosage is 2 tablets 3 times a day after a meal.
Note that apart from artichoke extract, the preparation also contains an extract of Sylibum marianum. Hence the positive effect on the liver is enhanced.

Sylibum marianum – scientific research has shown its properties of regeneration and protection of liver cells. The Sylibum contains silymarin, which is a complex of flavonoglicans and includes, among other things, silybin and isosilybin. Of the silymarin complex, silybin has the best action on hepatocytes. The sylibum extract has the following properties:

  • strong antioxidising action which neutralises free radicals generated by detoxication, hence it has a hepaprotective action;
  • regulates the fat metabolism in the liver and prevents fatty degeneration of the organ, which in turn protects the liver from cirrhosis; if cirrhosis is already present, silybin inhibits further degeneration of liver cells;
  • prevents cholestasis in the bile ducts and it is also choleopoietic, which improves the course of digestive processes;
  • silymarin and silybin reduces the concentration of the "bad cholesterol" (LDL), which is critical in the treatment of atherosclerosis;
  • accelerates cellular regeneration of the liver, e.g. after a viral disease (hepatitis).

Available preparation: SYLIMAROL. The recommended dosage is 1 or 2 tablets (depending on the dose) 3 times a day after a meal.

There are also preparations available which combine the power of silybin with the immunity boosting effect of B group vitamins. It is known that these vitamins are essential for the detoxication of harmful chemical compounds which occur in hepatocytes. The preparation available with this composition is SYLIVIT.

The extract of Sylibum marianum is also found in preparations that feature complexes of phospholipids. Phospholipids are compounds which enhance regeneration of liver cells, improve fat metabolism and prevent fatty degeneration of the liver. By embedding themselves in the structures of hepatocytes, the phospholipids accelerate their regeneration and enhance their resistance to damage by free radicals. Available preparation: SYLIFLEX.

If you frequently have indigestion, get a discomforting sensation in the upper abdomen accompanied by flatulence – do not hesitate any longer! Help your liver as soon as possible. Choose herbal formulas which effectively enhance the metabolic processes in the liver to enjoy your favourite meals again.

Do not forget that a compromise is sometimes necessary: cook light meals with many vegetables and less animal fats (butter and lard). There are times when the liver needs a second wind.