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Beyond the Liver: Milk Thistle’s 4 Extra Benefits

Nicole Cutler L.Ac. February 1, 2016

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Offering a substantial list of advantages to Hepatitis C patients, find out how milk thistle provides assistance to the entire body.

Those who have a chronic liver ailment, such as Hepatitis C, likely know that milk thistle is the number one recommended supplement to support their liver. However, many fail to recognize that milk thistle’s value to someone with Hepatitis C goes far beyond this herb’s liver protective characteristics. Besides the liver, learn about the other parts of the body that milk thistle aids that can be a bonus for anyone battling the Hepatitis C virus.

Milk thistle has been revered for its liver health benefits for centuries. Silymarin, the active compound extracted from milk thistle seeds, is a potent antioxidant that:

  • Strengthens the external membrane of liver cell walls, which prevents toxins from causing damage.
  • Scavenges free radicals to minimize liver cell injury and inflammation.
  • Promotes liver cell regeneration to recover from damage and scarring.

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  • Pac

    wondering if Milk T is safe for those who have cirrhosis. I had been taking for years then read that if you have cirrhosis it is not a good idea.. if anyone can clarify or refer to an info source on this it would be great.. thanks in advance….

    • Honey

      I also took Milk Thistle for year with cirrhosis and found it caused me to have low platelets …My doctors recommended I do not use it… I also called the Milk Thistle co. and they would not tell me one way or the other is it was true..I guess it was true.