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what are the dangers of milk thistle as a dietary supplement

A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
Not sure it helps...: The medical literature is quite mixed as to the potential value of milk thistle in treating the liver. Lots of things of course cause elevated liver e ... Read More

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A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
39 years experience Holistic Medicine
Many things: At least as important as what you take is what you avoid- minimize exposure to alcohol, drugs (both pharmaceutical and recreational) and environmental ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
No reliable info: There are hundreds of supplements advertised to do all sorts of magical stuff. Very few supplements have real research studies to show benefits (but m ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Morton Levitt
48 years experience Pathology
Milk Thistle Effects: In some studies researchers found that relatively small concentrations of milk thistle did significantly slow down the activity of the liver enzyme cy ... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tony Ho
Dr. Tony Ho answered
13 years experience Infectious Disease
See below: Supplements during breast feeding are generally a bad idea, considering they don't have the same safety testing rigor as regular drugs. That being sa ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrell Herrington
33 years experience Family Medicine
No: There are very few people who even need extra vitamins, let alone herbs and other supplements. My advise is to simply eat a balanced diet, and stay aw ... Read More
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A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stuart Winkler
47 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
N acetylcysteine: N-acetylcysteine is effective in tylenol (acetaminophen) overdose, as a mucolytic agent in lung diseases associated with increased mucous, antiviral a ... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Glueck
56 years experience Clinical Lipidology
Do not take this: No proven evidence that milk thistle supplement will help any person's health but may produce symptomatic hypoglycemia.
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
37 years experience Family Medicine
Best not to: Milk thistle can cause an allergic reaction in people sensitive to the asteraceae/compositae family of plants, which includes ragweed, marigolds, dais ... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rebecca Gliksman
37 years experience Internal Medicine
Thistle w/fat liver: Per research milk thistle can help in some hepatitis. Treatment of fatty liver consists of lifestyle modification ; weight loss . exercise vaccin ... Read More

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