Milk Thistle may help protect your liver during chemo

Milk thistle is a herb that has been used for thousands of years in connection with liver problems. New studies suggest that it may help prevent toxins accumulating in the liver, through an ingredient (silbin) which stops toxins crossing cell walls. (Research from the journal Cancer).

In research conducted by Columbia University Medical Centre, two groups of children with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) were given either Milk Thistle or a placebo during chemotherapy treatment. Normally at least two thirds of patients undergoing chemotherapy experience liver toxicity and there is currently no known treatment. However, in this study, the children taking milk thistle had significantly lower levels of liver toxicity.

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