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Doctor insights on: Can Milk Thistle Help A Fatty Liver

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Liver (Definition)

This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more


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Can you take milk thistle with Omega-3 fatty acid?

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Can you take milk thistle with Omega-3 fatty acid?

No interactions: I typically use Drug-Drug Interaction Checker found at www.drugs.com which showed no interaction (http://www.drugs.com/interactions-check.php?drug_list=1633-0,1749-15695). However, be aware that milk thistle & omega 3 fatty acids are dietary supplements in the States. As such, manufacturers are not required to prove safety or effectiveness prior to marketing. Plus risk of contamination. ...Read more

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Is milk thistle effective for helping with fatty liver?

Is milk thistle effective for helping with fatty liver?

Doubtful: According to nih, "previous laboratory studies suggested that milk thistle may benefit the liver by protecting & promoting the growth of liver cells, fighting oxidation (a chemical process that can damage cells), & inhibiting inflammation. However, results from small clinical trials of milk thistle for liver diseases have been mixed, & two rigorously designed studies found no benefit.". ...Read more

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Can a person with liver cirrhosis can drink soy milk for protein source?

Can a person with liver cirrhosis can drink soy milk for protein source?

Yes: Soy milk is a good protein source, but the issue with cirrhosis is to limit protein, usually to no more than 40 grams/day. Your doctor should arrange for you to speak to a nutritionist who can give you more information on how much in the way of meat, fish, dairy and soy protein is safe for you. The severity of the cirrhosis and any history of increased ammonia problems will also impact this. ...Read more

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With non-alcoholic fatty liver is milk thistle and vitamin e+ exercise effective and if so what dosage?

With non-alcoholic fatty liver is milk thistle and vitamin e+ exercise effective and if so what dosage?

Unknown: as to whether they are effective. There are studies on both sides of this issue, and the majority of studies have not shown efficacy of either medication in preventing the progression or promoting the improvement of liver inflammation. This is particularly true with vitamin E, where all studies have shown lack of efficacy. A few studies of milk thistle have shown small improvements, but most not. ...Read more

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Which is better for liver care himalaya liver care or milk thistle?

Which is better for liver care himalaya liver care or milk thistle?

Milk thistle, but...: There's some actual science supporting milk thistle for hepatitis c (gastroenterology nov 2008). The other product lists chicory, tamarisk, yarrow and caper bush. I searched the nih database back to 1996 and found exactly nothing. Don't rely no a supplement except as part of a comprehensive plan of care for yourself. ...Read more

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Help please! could coconut juice cause liver enzymes?

Help please! could coconut juice cause liver enzymes?

No: Heads up -- "pop" remedies are often not what they're supposed to be, and some "holistic chinese herbal remedies" are nasty actually liver poisons. If your liver enzymes are up, your physician may retest you off all rx's and alcohol; if still up, labs for hepatitis, hemochromatosis, wilson's and a few others are in the works; if it's not this, a rx for aerobic fitness may be a life-saver. ...Read more

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Can vitamin E help cure a non alcoholic fatty liver from obesity?

Can vitamin E help cure a non alcoholic fatty liver from obesity?

Not a cure: But studies suggest that vitamin E 800IU/day can improve biopsy evidence of steatohepatitis in nondiabetic patients. Even the american college of gastroenterology recommends it as a first line treatment in nondiabetics with biopsy proven fatty liver disease. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is the hepadiet supplement helps to reduce high liver enzymes caused by liver metastatic cancer.This supplement includes artichoke leves- milk thistle?

Is the hepadiet supplement helps to reduce high liver enzymes caused by liver metastatic cancer.This supplement includes artichoke leves- milk thistle?

Don't spend too much: I'm sorry i can't offer you more. A concoction of milk thistle (which has failed most scientific testing for liver disease) and artichoke leaves and other cheap vegetables appeals to the imagination and emotion of people who are desperate. And there's no reason to treat a lab value. Enjoy what time you have, and if the metastases are troublesome (often they aren't), perhaps local rx can help. ...Read more

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Can coconut oil help with liver cancer?

Can coconut oil help with liver cancer?

Very doubtful: No evidence to my knowledge that coconut oil will help with cancer. Be careful of purported "cures" with home remedies. Liver cancer is a very difficult one to treat. Best to follow the recommendations of a liver cancer specialist. ...Read more

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I take milk thistle and sam-e. Does help the liver?

No: If you have a fatty liver or liver disease stop eating fatty food, stop eating fried food, stop drinking alcohol, stop taking pain pills and lower your cholesterol. Those type of actions help the liver. Discuss the different medications you take with your doctor to make sure they are not causing any interactions that can harm the liver. ...Read more

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I have a fatty liver is it safe for me to take milk thistle supplement?

I have a fatty liver is it safe for me to take milk thistle supplement?

Well....: cannot say in your particular case, but generally, milk thistle AT BEST has been shown ONLY to lowre the lab values of liver enzymes. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11847735 ...Read more

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Can you recommend me supplements that boost fat metabolism for fatty non-alcoholic liver?

Diet: Diet rich in vegetables, low glycemic fruits and exercise will help to reverse this condition. You may want to take advantage of a number of programs offered by Bariatricians in your community. Contact the American Society of Bariatric Physicians for doctors close to you. ...Read more

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Can nicotine chewing gum damage your liver? Is milk thistle pills with cholin, completely safe to take for liver Health?

Can nicotine chewing gum damage your liver?  Is milk thistle pills with cholin, completely safe to take for liver Health?

Rather safe: Nicotine isn't a particularly concerning chemical in liver disease. If you have to choose your "ills" nicotine gum is safer than smoking cigarettes. Milk thistle, which is often combined with choline, is also relatively well tolerated. It does have some side effects mostly benign gastrointestinal upset(which even a sugar pill can cause).If you don't have liver disease is less clear of a benefit ...Read more

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What can you do to help reduce fatty liver? Also, is South Beach Diet safe for fatty liver

Lose weight: Vitamin e has also been shown to help. You do have a risk of gall stones with rapid weight loss. Ironically patients who had some fat when they dieted as opposed to no fat, developed fewer gall stones. ...Read more

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Hypothyroid with fatty liver, will orlistat help?What about silymarin?

Liver and thyroid: Fatty liver is common with obesity/metabolic syndrome. Best treatment: weight loss, any way you can get it. I am not a fan of orlistat. Have you read about the side effects? Most people don't take more than a few doses. I doubt milk thistle (silymarin) will help, but it is harmless. If you are hypothyroid, you need to be on levothyroxine replacement. ...Read more

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Hi docs, would L-carnitine help reduce fat in a fatty liver?

Hi docs, would L-carnitine help reduce fat in a fatty liver?

Probably: Especially if it's non-alcoholic. Ask your physician before you start up. http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/734723. ...Read more

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Vinegar for fatty liver, will it help?

No: Forgive my frankness. Fatty liver is serious. I'm assuming you do not have one of the inborn errors of fatty acid metabolism. You need to stop reading 'pop' / 'natural healing' internet health sites, give up alcohol if you're a drinker, and really get back into a fitness-focused lifestyle. ...Read more

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Fatty Liver (Definition)

A condition where fat makes up more than 5% to 10% of the ...Read more