sorry, a quick search turns up absolutely no evidence to support the claims of the naturalpaths. Once again, when you try to depend on a herbal supplement as an ancillary, you are saddly mislead.
It’s much like me giving you some poison to drink, but then offering you a herbal capsule, with the promise that it’ll protect you! Not gonna happen.
Must have been a quick search indeed.
Milk thistle has been used for many years to treat liver problems. A few studies:
Canini, F., et al., “Use of Silymarin in the Treatment of Alcoholic Hepatic Steatosis,” Clin Ter 114.4 (1985) : 307-14.
Ferenci, P., et al., “Randomized Controlled Trial of Silymarin Treatment in Patients with Cirrhosis of the Liver,” J Hepatol 9.1 (1989) : 105-13.
Flora, K., et al., “Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) for the Therapy of Liver Disease,” Am J Gastroenterol 93.2 (1998) : 139-43.
Lang, I., et al., “Hepatoprotective and Immunological Effects of Antioxidant Drugs,” Tokai J Exp Clin Med 15.2-3 (1990) : 123-7.
Muzes, G., et al., “Effect of the Bioflavonoid Silymarin on the In Vitro Activity and Expression of Superoxide Dismutases (SOD) Enzyme,” Acta Physiol Hung 78.1 (1991) : 3-9.
Skottova, N., and Krecman, V., “Silymarin as a Potential Hypocholesterolaemic Drug,” Physiol Res 47.1 (1998) : 1-7.
NAC also has a good track record:
Sen, C.K., et al., “Oxidative Stress After Human Exercise: Effect of N-Acetylcysteine Supplementation,” J Appl Physiol 76.6 (1994) : 2570-7.
Unfortunately, I cannot find more studies on this at the moment.
R-ALA is also very good at getting liver values back to normal levels as well. Again, I can’t find the studies at the moment unfortunately.[/quote]
Yes, you can find lots of studies, but did you even bother to read the abstracts? I didn’t find any indication of deffinitive proof that these compounds work. Yes there are sometimes positive correlations, e.t.c., but there is absolutely no definitive proof that these compounds work. No reversal of mortality, or disease process e.t.c.
And when compared against placebo there is often very little difference noted. If it did work as well as indicated it would have been medicine years ago, like red yeast - where the statin lovastatin was developed from I believe.