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PHYTOSOMES: A NOVAL PHYTO-PHOSPHOLIPID CARRIERS: AN OVERVIEW

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Author(s): Prashant Kumar

Journal: International Journal of Pharmaceutical Research and Development
ISSN 0974-9446

Volume: 2;
Issue: 6;
Start page: 9;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Phytosomes | Phospholipids | Phosphatidylcholine | Silybum Marianum | Ginkgo Biloba

ABSTRACT
Phytosomes are novel compounds comprising of lipophillic complexes of components of various plants like Silybum Marianum, Ginkgo Biloba, ginseng etc with phospholipids. Phytosome prepration is done by non-convectional method. Absorption of Phytosome in gastro-intestinal tract is appreciably greater resulting in increased plasma level than the individual component. Phytosomes forms a bridge between the convectional delivery system and novel delivery system. The phospholipid molecular structure includes a water-soluble head and two fat-soluble tails, because of this dual solubility, the phospholipid acts as an effective emulsifier, which is also one of the chief components of the membranes in our cells. Phytosomes are advanced forms of herbal products that are better absorbed, utilized, and as a result produce better results than conventional herbal extracts.
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