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

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Dr. Jamie Berkes
Internal Medicine - Hepatology

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Jamie Berkes
Dr. Jamie Berkes
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Dr. Gary Gottlieb
Internal Medicine

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Gary Gottlieb
Dr. Gary Gottlieb
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