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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

Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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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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My husband has fatty liver and I heard that milk thistle is for the liver can it really help?

My husband has fatty liver and I heard that milk thistle is for the liver can it really help?

Unlikely: The role of milk thistle in fatty lived disease is limited. In hepatitis C one study showed that high intravenous doses may slow progression, but is not a cure. I do not recommend milk thistle to my patients. It is safe and if someone is ademant about taking it I don't necessarily discourage it. A large ongoing study may clarify the role of milk thistle in the near future. ...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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Besides taking milk thistle, what should I do to reverse the effects of a fatty liver (not from drinking)?

Besides taking milk thistle, what should I do to reverse the effects of a fatty liver (not from drinking)?

Weight loss...: Fatty liver disease is most often a consequence of the foods we eat and being overweight. There is no specific treatment (drug or supplement) effective for reversing fatty liver. If your bmi is > 24, losing weight will result in improvement in ast/alt and reduction of fat in the liver. Certainly elimination of alcohol (if you drink) is recommended. Stop the milk thistle. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can milk thistle reverse fatty liver? I've been taking them for over a year and my enzymes are back to normal and us shows no fat. My albium is at 3.5

Perhaps, along with:: Congratulations!
Milk thistle has proven benefits for liver health. Studies have shown milk thistle combined with phosphatidylcholine and Vit E can reduce fat in livers- see http://www.lef.org/Protocols/Gastrointestinal/Non-Alcoholic-Fatty-Liver-Disease/Page-02
The most important treatment is a low-glycemic diet. See http://www.naturalnews.com/036466_NAFLD_natural_treatment.html ...Read more

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What are the odds of having cirrhosis if enzymes were elev a yr & started milk thistle now normal for a yr.had fatty liver but scan shows no fat now.

What are the odds of having cirrhosis if enzymes were elev a yr & started milk thistle now normal for a yr.had fatty liver but scan shows no fat now.

Cirrhosis unlikely: Glad you're not drinking. Milk thistle protects from toxicity of some chemotherapeutic agents but I am not aware of any good work to suggest it helps common non-alcoholic fatty liver. I am going to assume you do not have hepatitis C or any other serious illness. Your best help is sensible eating and being physically fit. ...Read more

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Will taking milk thistle & fish oil at the same time affect me? Have fatty liver 26 male

Will taking milk thistle & fish oil at the same time affect me? Have fatty liver 26 male

Yes but . . .: Anything you take will affect you. Question is whether effect is good or bad. Dietary supplements such as milk thistle & fish oil are not regulated by government. As such, there may be some contaminants in there that can be bad for you. That's because there's no regulation that manufacturers prove effectiveness or safety prior to marketing. However, milk thistle is said to be good for liver. ...Read more

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

Unknown: 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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Can milk thistle reverse fatty liver? If ct shows mild fatty liver a year ago but us shows no fat now does it mean it's better or is us not accurate

Can milk thistle reverse fatty liver? If ct shows mild fatty liver a year ago but us shows no fat now does it mean it's better or is us not accurate

Ultrasound is better: US is more sensitive than CT in detecting fatty liver. Reports indicate that the seed extract of milk thistle, Sylimarin, has antiinflammatory effects and is also reported to improve non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (a form of fatty liver). As a natural product, risk of allergy is higher and large controlled trials are lacking so safety is less known. It also may dangerously interact with some meds ...Read more

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I have been diagnosis and got fatty liver. My ALT(SGPT) is 92, Lipid & Glucose e okay! which is quiet high level. what will I do now? Dr prescribed these medicines: Viusid, Epaset, Milk Thistle & Urcodil 300mg. Are these medicine okay?

I have been diagnosis and got fatty liver. My ALT(SGPT) is 92, Lipid & Glucose e okay! which is quiet high level. what will I do now? Dr prescribed these medicines: Viusid, Epaset, Milk Thistle & Urcodil 300mg. Are these medicine okay?

Get 2nd opinion: Milk thistle won't help. The main support for Viusid is an article from an obscure group in Cuba. Epaset is an irrational mix of nutrients. You need to have hepatitis C and Wilson's ruled out, and hit the gym really hard if you want to save your health. I see you also take hormone therapy of some sort. You need a relationship with an authentic, scientific physician. Your liver wants exercise. ...Read more

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I hv fatty liver. I exercise 90 min on w/day. My daily supplements are 2g fishoil, calcium+vitD,2g eve primrose, milk thistle and dandelion tea. Pls advis?

I hv fatty liver. I exercise 90 min on w/day. My daily supplements are 2g fishoil, calcium+vitD,2g eve primrose, milk thistle and dandelion tea. Pls advis?

Save your money: Hi. First of all, stop paying a fortune for homeopathic nonsense (eve primrose, milk thistle, dandelion tea). What is the cause of your fatty liver? Alcoholism, viral hepatitis, obesity, type 2 diabetes, etc? If possible, treat the underlying cause. What are your blood lipid levels? You should be evaluated by a gastroenterologist. Limit dietary fat (fish oil very high in fat). ...Read more

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I am taking Milk Thistle, Resveratrol, Vitamin E, Fish oil, NAC, and SAMe for my fatty liver. Has anybody else read the scientific literature on these supplements for helping decrease NAFLD? What are your thoughts if so?

I am taking Milk Thistle, Resveratrol, Vitamin E, Fish oil, NAC, and SAMe for my fatty liver. Has anybody else read the scientific literature on these supplements for helping decrease NAFLD? What are your thoughts if so?

Too many unknowns: Herbal supplements (or similar) are some of the non-scientific products sold to people in stores, on the internet, and elsewhere. It is usually untested and unproven what a brand, an ingredient, or an amount will do inside a particular person's body. If an herb seems to help, looks harmless, and is inexpensive, then it might be ok to try. Finding applicable research studies on supplements is hard. ...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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I have inflammation on my liver its getting better. Can I take jamieson milk thistle tablets?

I have inflammation on my liver its getting better. Can I take jamieson milk thistle tablets?

Sure, but...: A number of small studies have yielded conflicting results concerning the effectiveness of milk thistle in hepatitis c and chronic liver disease. A systematic review concluded that although milk thistle may decrease liver enzymes in patients with hepatitis c, there was no clear benefit to this or other herbal medications for chronic hcv infection.

Be careful about possible side effects. ...Read more

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I have a ftty liver, galblader removd & I take milk thistle, I have lost 10 pounds since taking milkthisle, is it normal 2 b losin weight by taking it?

I have a ftty liver, galblader removd & I take milk thistle, I have lost 10 pounds since taking milkthisle, is it normal 2 b losin weight by taking it?

No: Perhaps you are eating less or healthier since the gallbladder removed? You ale likely to tolerate fatty greasy foods once the gallbladder is gone Perhaps also you feel better now so maybe you are exercising more? ...Read more

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I hear pills are bad 4 liver but I read milk thistle & reishe mushroom extract are good & they come in pills. Should I take them for high enzymes?

I hear pills are bad 4 liver but I read milk thistle & reishe mushroom extract are good & they come in pills. Should I take them for high enzymes?

See below: While there are reports of milk thistle being beneficial for the liver, the most important thing to do is to find out why the liver enzymes are elevated. Your doctor can help you out with that. ...Read more

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I got milk thistle the real plant from the mountains and I need help in papering it to take it as a liver tonic, what is the recipe or medicinal prep?

Can be dried.: Milk thistle can be taken orally in supplements or in tea
it may cause diarrhea. More rarely, it may cause nausea, bloating, gas, and upset stomach. Women who are breastfeeding or pregnant should avoid using milk thistle.
If you have a ragweed allergy, you should also avoid milk thistle. It may cause a rash or lead to severe allergic reaction. Always tell your doctor before taking. ...Read more

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If they found a bit of fatty build up on liver. Is a renew life 1 month liver detox a bad idea? It has milk thistle and dandelion and stuff in it.

If they found a bit of fatty build up on liver. Is a renew life 1 month liver detox a bad idea? It has milk thistle and dandelion and stuff in it.

Don't know. : Hi, with the current evidence that we have it's not possible to recommend any type of detox for fatty liver. Fat in the liver can be of 2 types nafld ; nash. Nafld is where fat is present but not causing harm and NASH when it's damaging your liver. We don't when nafld turns into NASH or if they r separate entities. See a hepatologist for bld work 2 c if the liver is ok. He can recommend treatment. ...Read more

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I take acuutane. Should I take milk thistle to preserve my liver? And will it cross? Will my liver come back to normal after im done with accutane?

Ask you doctor: Before you introduce any new supplement (or medication) please run it past your dermatologist. Accutane is a serious drug that is tightly regulated and involves regular testing. Your liver values should come back to normal after the course is completed. Good luck! ...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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I have high liver enzymes, got milk thistle in pills would it harm liver if I take them sense pills are bad for liver?

I have high liver enzymes, got milk thistle in pills would it harm liver if I take them sense pills are bad for liver?

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 enzymes, & milk thistle certainly may be of little use for many liver diseases. Talk to your liver specialist if herbal products may benefit your particular liver issue. Also, pills per se are not bad for the liver as long as you use the correct drug! ...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?

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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I take famotidine every day for GERD. I read studies that show over time it can hurt the liver. Is this safe to take with milk thistle? Thanks.

I take famotidine every day for GERD. I read studies that show over time it can hurt the liver. Is this safe to take with milk thistle? Thanks.

Not good long term: Best if you limit sugars, exercise and try apple cider vinegar 1 tbsp twice daily (mixed with 8 oz water) 1 hr before meals. Ok to use milk thistle but I would take a week off every few weeks ...Read more

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Does milk thistle really help the liver? I take around 650mg acetaminophen almost daily and I was told milk thistle would help prevent any toxicity

Does milk thistle really help the liver? I take around 650mg acetaminophen almost daily and I was told milk thistle would help prevent any toxicity

Milk thistle: Milk thistle is a herbal extract that is reputed to ameliorate liver injury or disease; it can help, just be sure you get a high quality product; avoid alcohol most importantly; take anti-oxidants, also; ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my father takes lamivudine and tenofovir for his liver. Do these drugs interact with milk thistle?

What do you suggest if my father takes lamivudine and tenofovir for his liver. Do these drugs interact with milk thistle?

No Interaction: These medicines do not interact with Milk Thistle. However, before taking any new medications he should make sure his doctor knows about this so that possible interactions can be checked. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take alpa lipoic acid, n-acetyl l-cysteine (nac) and milk thistle when prescribed quetiapine? The supplements I take for my liver.

Is it safe to take alpa lipoic acid, n-acetyl l-cysteine (nac) and milk thistle when prescribed quetiapine?  The supplements I take for my liver.

Probably safe: Please speak with your own physician about this first. There are no problems with alpha-lipoic acid or nac and quetiapine, but there's a possible interaction with milk thistle. There's contradictory evidence aboutit increasing, decreasing, or having no effect on the liver enzyme system that processes quetiapine. In 1 human study milk thistle didn't affect these enzymes -- so with caution, ok. ...Read more

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Liver pain from binging on alcohol for 1 yr. decided to take milk thistle tablets now I feel nausea after? What shall I do? Quit drinking months back

Liver pain from binging on alcohol for 1 yr. decided to take milk thistle tablets now I feel nausea after? What shall I do? Quit drinking months back

Examination: Talk to your primary care physician. You may have done some damage with your alcohol abuse. S/he can evaluate you for this and treat or refer you to the appropriate doctor. ...Read more

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My father has an ileostomy bag, CT shows sign of spread towards liver &nodes very small can he take milk thistle and cod liver oil if yes what dosage?

My father has an ileostomy bag, CT shows sign of spread towards liver &nodes very small can he take milk thistle and cod liver oil if yes what dosage?

When to get checked: Your dad has been through a lot. Cod liver oil and thistle likely won't hurt him. However, please check in with the docs on his team, both surgical and oncology about additional options for his care. Go with your dad to help understand risk/benefit analysis, stage and life expectancy. Be well. ...Read more

Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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Fatty Liver (Definition)

A condition where fat makes up more than 5% to 10% of the weight of your liver/ In some cases, this disease can ...Read more