|Phytosome health benefits
ginkgo, vitamins, milk thistle, hawthorn, ginkgo biloba, grape seed
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DRUG PRODUCTS. THIS WEBSITE ALSO TALKS ABOUT SOME POPULAR HEALTH ISSUES AND DISEASES. ARTICLES IN THIS WEB SITE IS FOR
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The effectiveness of a herbal extract supplement depends on how good it is absorbed. The phytosome
technology has been developed to improve the absorption of herbal actives. The term "phyto" means plant while
"some" means cell-like. Certain phytonutrients such as flavonoids and other polyphenols can form a lipid-friendly
complex by "reacting" the herbal actives with phospholipids -- phytosomes. This complex is more bioavailable as
compared with simple herbal extracts, consequently, this complex allows the actives to be more effective. The
phytosome technology has been applied to ginkgo biloba, grape seed, hawthorn, milk thistle, green tea and
ginseng. The flavonoids and terpenoids of these herbs are able to bind to polar heads of the phosphatidylcholine
directly via chemical bonds. Thus, it is different from liposome.
Reference: Jagruti Patel, et al, An overview of phytosomes as an advanced herbal drug delivery system. An
overview of phytosomes/Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences 2009, 4(6):363-371.