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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154074/knowledge-and-characteristics-of-herbal-supplement-usage-among-community-pharmacy-customers-in-a-malaysian-population
#1
S W Yeong, Y C Choong
OBJECTIVES: We investigated the knowledge and characteristics of herbal supplement usage of the customers of community pharmacies in a Malaysian population. DESIGN AND SETTING: Self-administered questionnaires (in English, Malay, or Chinese) were provided to customers at three community pharmacies in Malaysia (Ipoh, Perak). Questionnaire validation and translation validation were performed. A pilot study was conducted before actual questionnaire distribution. Informed consent was obtained from all participants...
December 2017: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125572/silybin-a-major-bioactive-component-of-milk-thistle-silybum-marianum-l-gaernt-chemistry-bioavailability-and-metabolism
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REVIEW
Michal Bijak
Milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is a medicinal plant that has been used for thousands of years as a remedy for a variety of ailments. The main component of S. marianum fruit extract (silymarin) is a flavonolignan called silybin, which is not only the major silymarin element but is also the most active ingredient of this extract, which has been confirmed in various studies. This compound belongs to the flavonoid group known as flavonolignans. Silybin's structure consists in two main units. The first is based on a taxifolin, the second a phenyllpropanoid unit, which in this case is conyferil alcohol...
November 10, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29093635/beneficial-effects-of-silibinin-against-kainic-acid-induced-neurotoxicity-in-the-hippocampus-in-vivo
#3
Sehwan Kim, Un Ju Jung, Yong-Seok Oh, Min-Tae Jeon, Hyung-Jun Kim, Won-Ho Shin, Jungwan Hong, Sang Ryong Kim
Silibinin, an active constituent of silymarin extracted from milk thistle, has been previously reported to confer protection to the adult brain against neurodegeneration. However, its effects against epileptic seizures have not been examined yet. In order to investigate the effects of silibinin against epileptic seizures, we used a relevant mouse model in which seizures are manifested as status epilepticus, induced by kainic acid (KA) treatment. Silibinin was injected intraperitoneally, starting 1 day before an intrahippocampal KA injection and continued daily until analysis of each experiment...
October 2017: Experimental Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29068700/silibinin-reduces-the-impact-of-obesity-on-invasive-liver-cancer
#4
C Miethe, H Nix, R Martin, A R Hernandez, R S Price
Obesity is associated with non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Obesity and metabolic abnormalities resulting in low-grade inflammation can increase the risk of developing NASH and HCC. NASH, a risk factor for HCC, is characterized by increased inflammation, lipid accumulation, and liver injury. Obesogenic proteins modulate signaling pathways that induce physiological changes including lipogenesis, ROS, and inflammation. Silibinin, a polyphenol in milk thistle seed, has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties...
October 25, 2017: Nutrition and Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29057459/phone-calls-to-an-australian-pregnancy-and-lactation-counselling-service-regarding-use-of-galactagogues-during-lactation-the-mothersafe-experience
#5
Luke E Grzeskowiak, Majella Hill, Debra S Kennedy
Galactagogues represent substances used to enhance breast milk production. Between 2001 and 2014 we identified 2034 phone calls regarding the use of galactagogues made to MotherSafe. The majority involved discussion of domperidone (n = 1884; 92.6%), with the remainder relating to metoclopramide (n = 153; 7.5%) or other herbal galactagogues (eg fenugreek, milk thistle; n = 262; 12.9%). A 50% decrease in total calls occurred from 2011 to 2014, while the percentage of calls regarding herbal galactagogues increased from 0% in 2001 to 23% in 2014...
October 23, 2017: Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28990236/spatial-organization-of-silybin-biosynthesis-in-milk-thistle-silybum-marianum-l-gaertn
#6
Yongkun Lv, Song Gao, Sha Xu, Guocheng Du, Jingwen Zhou, Jian Chen
Silymarin is a collection of compounds extracted from the medicinal herb milk thistle, among which silybin is the major flavonolignan. However, the biosynthesis pathway of silybin remains unclear. In this study, biomimetic reactions demonstrated that silybin can be synthesized from coniferyl alcohol and taxifolin by the action of peroxidase. The concentration profiles of silybin and its precursors and RNA-Seq analysis of gene expression revealed that the amount of taxifolin and the activity of peroxidase serve as the limiting factors in silybin biosynthesis...
October 9, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28971098/the-nutraceutic-silybin-counteracts-excess-lipid-accumulation-and-ongoing-oxidative-stress-in-an-in-vitro-model-of-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-progression
#7
Giulia Vecchione, Elena Grasselli, Federica Cioffi, Francesca Baldini, Paulo J Oliveira, Vilma A Sardão, Katia Cortese, Antonia Lanni, Adriana Voci, Piero Portincasa, Laura Vergani
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a major cause of liver-related morbidity and mortality. Oxidative stress and release of pro-inflammatory cytokines, such as tumor necrosis factor α (TNFα), are major consequences of hepatic lipid overload, which can contribute to progression of NAFLD to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). Also, mitochondria are involved in the NAFLD pathogenesis for their role in hepatic lipid metabolism. Definitive treatments for NAFLD/NASH are lacking so far. Silybin, the extract of the milk thistle seeds, has previously shown beneficial effects in NAFLD...
2017: Frontiers in Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28964357/the-silymarin-composition%C3%A2-and-why-does-it-matter
#8
Christopher Steven Chambers, Veronika Holečková, Lucie Petrásková, David Biedermann, Kateřina Valentová, Martin Buchta, Vladimír Křen
The extract from milk thistle (Silybum marianum (L.) Gaertn. (Asteraceae)), known as silymarin, contains a variety of flavonolignans and displays antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, immunomodulatory and hepatoprotective properties. As silybin is the main component of silymarin, the literature mainly focuses on this compound, ignoring all other components. This leads to problems in reproducibility of scientific results, as the exact composition of silymarin is often unknown and can vary to a certain degree depending on the processing, chemo-variety of the plant used and climatic conditions during the plant growth...
October 2017: Food Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28826695/natural-health-products-and-diabetes-a-practical-review
#9
REVIEW
Candace Necyk, Leyanna Zubach-Cassano
The prevalence of natural health product (NHP) use in Canada is extensive. Patients with chronic diseases, including diabetes, use NHPs at a higher rate than the general population. Many NHPs exert hypoglycemic effects, among other effects relevant to diabetes management. To provide a practical, clinical review of NHPs with such effects targeted to pharmacists, a literature search was performed to collect data on the efficacy and safety profiles of 10 commonly used NHPs that exert antidiabetic properties. The following NHPs are included in this clinical review: alpha-lipoic acid, chromium, magnesium, bitter melon, cinnamon, fenugreek, gymnema, milk thistle, Reishi mushroom and white mulberry...
August 18, 2017: Canadian Journal of Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797264/flavonolignans-inhibit-the-arachidonic-acid-pathway-in-blood-platelets
#10
Michal Bijak, Joanna Saluk-Bijak
BACKGROUND: Arachidonic acid metabolism by cyclooxygenase (COX) is a major pathway for blood platelets' activation, which is associated with pro-thrombotic platelet activity and the production of pro-inflammatory mediators. Inhibition of COX activity is one of the major means of anti-platelet pharmacotherapy preventing arterial thrombosis and reducing the incidence of cardiovascular events. Recent studies have presented that a silymarin (standardized extract of Milk thistle (Silybum marianum)) can inhibit the COX pathway...
August 10, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791405/silibinin-suppresses-bladder-cancer-cell-malignancy-and-chemoresistance-in-an-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signal-dependent-and-signal-independent-manner
#11
Yi Sun, Zhenfeng Guan, Wencai Zhao, Yazhuo Jiang, Qing Li, Yongyi Cheng, Yonggang Xu
Because bladder cancer (BCa) is the 9th most common malignant tumor and 13th leading cause of death due to cancer, therapeutic approaches have attracted a great deal of attention from both clinicians and BCa patients. Although the development of surgery and targeted drugs has brought new challenges for the traditional concept of BCa therapy, various types of chemotherapy remain the final treatment method for many BCa patients. However, chemoresistance inevitably appears, leading to the failure of chemotherapy...
August 2, 2017: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765034/semen-quality-antioxidant-status-and-reproductive-performance-of-rabbits-bucks-fed-milk-thistle-seeds-and-rosemary-leaves
#12
Youssef A Attia, Rawia S Hamed, Fulvia Bovera, Abd El-Hamid E Abd El-Hamid, Mohammed A Al-Harthi, Hossam A Shahba
The study aimed to investigate the effects of milk thistle seeds (MTS) and rosemary leaves (RL) both at 5 and 10g/kg diet on reproductive performance, semen quality and blood metabolites of rabbit bucks. A total of 35 rabbit bucks were randomly distributed into five experimental groups (7 bucks/group). All the groups were fed the same basal diet. The 1st group (control) did not have MTS and RL in its basal diet. The 2nd and 3rd groups were supplemented with MTS at 5 and 10g/kg, respectively. The 4th and 5th groups were fed the basal diet supplemented with RL at 5 and 10g/kg, respectively...
July 23, 2017: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762712/common-herbal-dietary-supplement-drug-interactions
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REVIEW
Gary N Asher, Amanda H Corbett, Roy L Hawke
Nearly 25% of U.S. adults report concurrently taking a prescription medication with a dietary supplement. Some supplements, such as St. John's wort and goldenseal, are known to cause clinically important drug interactions and should be avoided by most patients receiving any pharmacologic therapy. However, many other supplements are predicted to cause interactions based only on in vitro studies that have not been confirmed or have been refuted in human clinical trials. Some supplements may cause interactions with a few medications but are likely to be safe with other medications (e...
July 15, 2017: American Family Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735729/protective-effects-of-flavonoids-isolated-from-korean-milk-thistle-cirsium-japonicum-var-maackii-maxim-matsum-on-tert-butyl-hydroperoxide-induced-hepatotoxicity-in-hepg2-cells
#14
Hyun Ah Jung, Qudeer Ahmed Abdul, Jeong Su Byun, Eun-Ji Joung, Wi-Gyeong Gwon, Min-Sup Lee, Hyeung-Rak Kim, Jae Sue Choi
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Milk thistle leaves and flowers have been traditionally used as herbal remedy to alleviate liver diseases for decades. Korean milk thistle, Cirsium japonicum var. maackii (Maxim.) Matsum has been employed in traditional folk medicine as diuretic, antiphlogistic, hemostatic, and detoxifying agents. AIM OF THE STUDY: The aim of current investigation was to evaluate hepatoprotective properties of the MeOH extract of the roots, stems, leaves and flowers of Korean milk thistle as well as four isolated flavonoids, luteolin, luteolin 5-O-glucoside, apigenin and apigenin 7-O-glucuronide during t-BHP-induced oxidative stress in HepG2 cells...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735062/silibinin-ameliorates-anxiety-depression-like-behaviors-in-amyloid-%C3%AE-treated-rats-by-upregulating-bdnf-trkb-pathway-and-attenuating-autophagy-in-hippocampus
#15
Xiaoyu Song, Bo Liu, Lingyu Cui, Biao Zhou, Weiwei Liu, Fanxing Xu, Toshihiko Hayashi, Shunji Hattori, Yuko Ushiki-Kaku, Shin-Ichi Tashiro, Takashi Ikejima
Depression is one of the most frequent psychiatric disorders of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Depression and anxiety are associated with increased risk of developing AD. Silibinin, a flavonoid derived from milk thistle (Silybum marianum), has been used as a hepato-protectant in the clinical treatment of liver diseases. In this study, the effect of silibinin on Aβ-induced anxiety/depression-like behaviors in rats was investigated. Silibinin significantly attenuated anxiety/depression-like behaviors caused by Aβ1-42-treatment as shown in tail suspension test (TST), elevated plus maze (EPM) and forced swimming tests (FST)...
July 19, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686955/targeting-stat3-with-silibinin-to-improve-cancer-therapeutics
#16
REVIEW
Joaquim Bosch-Barrera, Bernardo Queralt, Javier A Menendez
Signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) has a prominent role in mediating resistance to conventional chemo-/radio-therapies and modern targeted drugs. While a number of STAT3 inhibitors have been shown to enhance the efficacy of therapeutic agents in vitro, the majority of them have yet to enter clinical evaluation mostly because of lack of efficacy issues. Silibinin is the main component of the silymarin complex, a standardized extract obtained from the seeds of the milk thistle herb Silybum marianum...
July 2017: Cancer Treatment Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28657208/silibinin-stimluates-apoptosis-by-inducing-generation-of-ros-and-er-stress-in-human-choriocarcinoma-cells
#17
Jiyeon Ham, Whasun Lim, Fuller W Bazer, Gwonhwa Song
Silibinin is a flavonolignan extracted from seeds of milk thistles. Traditionally, it has been used as a therapeutic agent for liver disorders, and now it is well-known for its anti-cancer effects. However, studies on anti-cancer effects of silibinin on choriocarcinoma are very limited. Therefore, we performed proliferation and apoptosis assays to determine effects of silibinin on the viability of human choriocarcinoma (JAR and JEG3) cells. Our results showed that silibinin significantly inhibited proliferation and induced apoptosis in both JAR and JEG3 cells, and significantly increased reactive oxygen species (ROS) and lipid peroxidation...
June 28, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636236/assessment-of-silibinin-as-a-potential-antifungal-agent-and-investigation-of-its-mechanism-of-action
#18
Dae Gyu Yun, Dong Gun Lee
Silibinin, which is derived from Silybum marianum (milk thistle), has used as a traditional remedy for liver or biliary disorders and known to have superior antioxidant activity. In addition, silibinin was recently reported to have antifungal effect related to fungal apoptosis against Candida albicans and the interest in the therapeutic effect is increasing. In this study, we found another mode of antifungal action of silibinin and its antibiofilm activity on C. albicans. To investigate influence on fungal plasma membrane, propidium iodide and bis-(1, 3-dibutylbarbituric acid) trimethineoxonol [DiBAC4 (3)] assay were primarily carried out...
June 21, 2017: IUBMB Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619387/evaluation-of-ameliorative-ability-of-silibinin-against-zidovudine-and-isoniazid-induced-hepatotoxicity-and-hyperlipidaemia-in-rats-role-of-silibinin-in-phase-i-and-ii-drug-metabolism
#19
Raghu Ramanathan, Karthikeyan Sivanesan
HIV/AIDS patients have suppressed immune system, making them vulnerable to many opportunistic infections including tuberculosis (TB). The patients who are co-infected with TB undergo combined regimens with anti-retroviral drugs such as zidovudine (AZT) and anti-tubercular drug such as isoniazid (INH) for therapy leading to hepatotoxicty. Silibinin (SBN), extracted from Silybum marianum commonly called as "Milk thistle" is used against several drugs-induced hepatotoxicity. The present study evaluates the ameliorative effect of SBN against AZT alone, INH alone, and INH + AZT-induced toxic insults to liver of rats...
August 1, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608581/effects-of-milk-thistle-meal-on-performance-ileal-bacterial-enumeration-jejunal-morphology-and-blood-lipid-peroxidation-in-laying-hens-fed-diets-with-different-levels-of-metabolizable-energy
#20
N S Hashemi Jabali, A H Mahdavi, S Ansari Mahyari, M Sedghi, R Akbari Moghaddam Kakhki
This study was conducted to evaluate the effects of different levels of milk thistle meal on performance, blood biochemical indices, ileal bacterial counts and intestinal histology in laying hens fed diets containing different levels of metabolizable energy. A total number of 200 Leghorn laying hens (Hy-Line W-36) were randomly assigned to eight experimental treatments with five cage replicates of five birds each. Dietary treatments consisted of four levels of milk thistle meal (0%, 15%, 30% and 60%) and two levels of AMEn (11...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition
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