Authors: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Altmeyer, Prof. Dr. med. Martina Bacharach-Buhles

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Last updated on: 29.10.2020

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Taxifolin is a natural flavonol derivative (see flavonoids). Taxifolin is an essential active ingredient of the fruits of Silybum marinum (see below Silybi mariani fructus) and other plants.

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Taxifolin is mainly found in extracts of the Siberian larch (Larix sibirica) from Cercidiphyllum japonicum, the Japanese cake tree, and in fruits of the milk thistle(Silybi mariani fructus).

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Taxifolin has antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and vasodilatory effects.
Taxifolin inhibits platelet function and activation of leukocytes. Taxifolin also inhibits cellular melanogenesis and is comparably effective as arbutin.
Animal experiments have shown that the production of inflammatory cytokines is inhibited after topical application of Taxifolin. Thus Taxifolin inhibits the lipopolysaccharide-induced prostaglandin E2 synthesis via the inhibition of the cyclooxygenase egg.
Taxifolin showed significant hair growth stimulating activities in animal experiments, similar to minoxidil and procyanidin B-2.

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