Milk Thistle Extract

In the October issue of American Family Physician, there’s an article on the benefits of milk thistle (Silybum marianum) extract.

Milk thistle has shown great promise in treating alcoholic liver disease:

In a six-month double-blind study26 of 36 patients with chronic alcoholic liver disease, the group given Legalon showed normalization of their bilirubin, aspartate transaminase and alanine transaminase serum levels, and also showed improvement in histology. These effects did not occur in the placebo group.

Also, studies on its benefits in the prevention of cancer are under way:

Researchers are investigating the use of milk thistle’s active ingredients for the prevention and treatment of cancer. Two additional animal studies on prostate cancer chemoprevention and treatment are ongoing, and a third phase trial in human prostate cancer patients with rising prostate-specific antigen also is under way.

The great thing is that it appears to have few side effects. To read more about milk thistle check out the full article in American Family Physician.

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