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Is it effective to use milk thistle in treating liver problems?

Is it effective to use milk thistle in treating liver problems?

Possibly: There have been studies demonstrating benefit of milk thistle in a variety of liver problems, possibly in part due to increasing the concentration of glutathione in the liver. Glutathione is used to neutralize toxins. ...Read more

Dr. Austina Cho
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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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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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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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Is milk thistle good for your liver?

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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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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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 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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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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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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Have been drinking and partying a lot recently and now I have stopped. Can milk thistle help my liver recover?

Have been drinking and partying a lot recently and now I have stopped. Can milk thistle help my liver recover?

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