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How effectively does milk thistle for gallstones really work?

How effectively does milk thistle for gallstones really work?

Milk thistle: May improve the "liquidity" of bile. There is no hard information that it is of benefit in the treatment of gallstones in humans. ...Read more

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

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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Does pharma thistle gold (#1 milk thistle extract work repairing the liver?

Does  pharma thistle gold (#1 milk thistle extract work repairing the liver?

Sorry, but no...: The results of a recent large scale study looking at just this question sadly answered no--milk thistle did not live up to its health food store hyped benefits nor justify its high cost. If you have liver damage, see your doctor for appropriate assistance and treatment please. ...Read more

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I heard about milk thistle and how it cleanses your liver from impurities?

I heard about milk thistle and how it cleanses your liver from impurities?

Milk Thistle : Milk Thistle does not cleanse your liver from impurities. There are a few studies from Europe which are not of great quality, which show slight improvements with cirrhosis and chronic liver disease. More studies need to be done to recommend it . Good luck. ...Read more

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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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Can i take milk thistle and uva ursi to help clean nortiptyline out my liver and kidneys faster than half-life?

Can i take milk thistle and uva ursi to help clean nortiptyline out my liver and kidneys faster than half-life?

Not really: Milk thistle and uva ursi won't really speed up processing of nortriptylene. It there some reason you want to do that? If having any trouble with medicine you're taking. I hope you'll discuss with your doctor so that it can be addressed. Best wishes. ...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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Does milk thistle stop you getting liver damage?

Milk Thistle: The only way to stop damaging your liver is to remove the issue that is causing the damage. Milk thistle is used world wide to assist the liver to recover when one stops damaging the liver. ...Read more

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How long does it take for milk thistle to work?

See details: You make an assumption that it does work. In my experience it has little value while it is purported to have a number of properties including liver protection human studies are lacking. ...Read more

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Is milk thistle good for your liver?

IV form possibly: Taking it orally had some anecdotal evidence, but they did a big review of multiple studies about it and found no benefit. The ingredient in milk thistle, silymarin, is being tested supposedly via administration through IV route. Here's a link to the study review: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/12427501. ...Read more

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My liver enzymes are 40 U/L. Is this high? How does antibuse affect the liver? How does lovistatin affect the liver?

My liver enzymes are 40 U/L.  Is this high?  How does antibuse affect the liver?  How does lovistatin affect the liver?

Which one?: There are two liver enzymes that are monitored. Either way the value you gave is within normal limits. Lovastatin can cause liver enzymes to go up and liver enzymes need to be monitored when you are started on Lovastatin or similar medications initially. Antabuse (disulfiram) is used to help alcoholics quit drinking. It affects how alcohol is metabolized in the liver, but does not affect the liver itself. ...Read more

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What would cause elevated liver enzymes of alt 70 and ast 36? I don't drink, only take 250 mg magnesium and prenatal vitamins for nursing.

What would cause elevated liver enzymes of  alt 70 and ast 36? I don't drink, only take 250 mg magnesium and prenatal vitamins for nursing.

Probably not a worry: Those levels are really borderline high. If your not ill and have no other symptoms I would just get it rechecked in a month or so and don't lose sleep over it. ...Read more

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How much should take from milk thistle suplements for alcholic person and how many times?

How much should take from milk thistle suplements for alcholic person and how many times?

Taking Supplements: One should never do more than is recommended on the product you are using. There should be dosing instructions on the product you chose. ...Read more

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Is it necessary to take medicine for liver functioning (Himalaya liver 52ds) while taking supplements (whey protein, BCAAs, glutamine, creatine etc)?

Is it necessary to take medicine for liver functioning (Himalaya liver 52ds) while taking supplements (whey protein, BCAAs, glutamine, creatine etc)?

Unnatural substances: Taking multiple substances sold as supplements or body enhancers is unnatural (eating food is natural), and such supplements are not tested for effects and side effects, compared to the testing that is required of real medications. Thus, all sorts of claims can be made by sellers and other people, but in reality nobody knows for sure what good or bad things can happen. As they say, "Buyer beware." ...Read more

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Is it necessary to take a medicine for liver functioning (Himalaya liver 52ds) while taking supplements (whey protein, BCAAs, glutamine, creatine)?

Is it necessary to take a medicine for liver functioning (Himalaya liver 52ds) while taking supplements (whey protein, BCAAs, glutamine, creatine)?

If you have Anemia: liv 52 is more of a hematoma a. And I do not know what your conditions is. If you are healthy and able to eat healthy balanced diet then usually lots of supplements are not necessary. ...Read more

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How does heroin affect your liver health?

How does heroin affect your liver health?

If pure, it doesn't: Opioids have little effect on the liver, but can cause gall bladder spasm, and even pancreatitis in some sensitive people. The major liver problems that result from heroin use are NOT from the heroin, but from contaminants in the drug, or sharing of needles and injection paraphernelia, or non-sterile injection techniques. Hepatitis B and C are the most common in the US, with cirrhosis&liver cancer ...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