PR: Let's Protect Our Liver with Silymarin

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Many people live with liver disease for a long time without ever knowing it. Liver is the largest grandular organ in the body and performs many vital functions to keep the body from toxins and harmful substances. It is a "silent organ" that can be damaged sending any signal or symptom.



In 2010, Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) prevalence in the Philippines is 17.2 percent. It is an abnormal accumulation of fat in the liver cells. It can be harmless, but it may cause the liver to swell at times. It is a common condition, but the risk factor of NAFLD include diabetes, obesity, overweight and metabolic syndrome.

Here's a photo (downloaded from Google) shown during the Media Health Forum held last 4th of September. Fatty liver is said to be prevalent in industrialized countries. With the introduction of a Westernized lifestyle and the increasing frequency of obesity in the Asia-Pacific region, the prevalence of NAFLD has been increasing over the past two decades.


Pharmaceutical company Trianon International have re-introduced today its liver care with its once-a-day food supplement. Silymarin as part of the management of liver diseases specifically the NAFLD. 

Silymarin is a unique flavonoid complex - containing silydianin, silychrisin and silybin, derived from the milk thistle plant - which carries the scientific name Sylibum Marianum, has been gaining popularity in the mainstream culture and fitness scene and it is mainly used for liver disorders. It is the number one recommended plant extract for the protection and detoxification of vital liver functions. 

Some of the metabolic functions of the liver are the maintenance of blood sugar levels, conversion of fat and fatty acids to energy; protein metabolism and synthesis, production of bile for fat breakdown, production of triglycerides (lipogenesis); metabolism and production of cholesterol (LDL and HDL Cholesterol); break down of toxic substance; and storage of vitamins and minerals (A, D, B12 and Iron). 



Hepamin OD - having highest Silymarin content of 300 mg with additional 150 mg of other hepato-protective agent is now being prescribed by physicians as a prophylaxis for progression of fatty liver to more severe forms of liver diseases.


To manage NAFLD, Dr. Katherine Arupo-Reyes recommends the use of liver protective supplements, lifestyle modification such as regular exercise, eating in moderation, and avoiding fatty food, soda and sugar. "The first line treatment would depend on what is the cause. If the cause is obesity, weight reduction and exercise should be recommended. Sometimes, we will refer them to nutritionists for proper guidelines. If he has fatty liver, SGPT and the SGOT is high, that's the time we give hepatotrophic agents for whatever its worth". 

For more information, visit Trianon International website: www.trianon.com.ph

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