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.
No. Milk thistle has not been shown to help in fatty liver. If fatty liver is caused by obesity, diabetes, or high triglycerides, then improvment can occur with weight loss, blood sugar control, and lowering triglyceride levels. Vitamin e 400 units twice a day may be helpful in patients with fatty liver and elevated liver enzmes in the blood.

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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...

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...

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

Maybe. Milk thistle is the herb most used for liver disease but we do not have good studies in this country looking at its safety and effectiveness. There was a recent study showing that even vitamins didn't necessarily contain the vitamins listed on the lable. Your weight and diet could be responsible for the improvement but the milk thistle could have helped too. Whatever, it seems to have worked for u. Read more...
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...

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

Thistle w/fat liver. Per research milk thistle can help in some hepatitis. Treatment of fatty liver consists of lifestyle modification ; weight loss . exercise vaccination against hep B and A and avoidance of other liver toxins/drugs. Check LFTs pre & at 1 month. f/u w/doc http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3612568/ http://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/milk-thistle/evidence/HRB-20059806. Read more...
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...

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...

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

Yes but . . . Any thing 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...

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

Fatty Liver =Bodyfat. Fatty Liver is Almost always synonomous w FAT BODY. Lose weight and lose Fatty Liver. Milk thistle is good for the liver, though it doesnt fix the source of the problem. Overweight, High BMI. No easy Pill Fix, just LOSE WEIGHT, eat Right. Read more...
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 products, 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...

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...