Milk Thistle , Taken by Many People as Liver Detox is Ineffective as Treatment for Hepatitis C, Study Suggests
ScienceDaily: Silymarin or “milk thistle,” a popular herbal dietary supplement that many people take for liver ailments, works no better than placebo in patients with chronic hepatitis C infection.
“Patients ask me about milk thistle all the time,” said Michael W. Fried, MD, lead author of the study, a professor in the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and director of the UNC Liver Center.
“Now I can tell them with great confidence that taking milk thistle, unfortunately, won’t help for chronic hepatitis C,” he said. “I think this information is very important to help patients focus on other ways to maintain liver health and not rely on ineffective remedies.”