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Milk Thistle (Silybum Marianum)

  • Many drugs and environmental toxins are processed through the liver.
  • Milk thistle has been used to treat disorders of the liver and gallbladder for at least 2,000 years.
  • Research shows that the silymarin in milk thistle helps protect the liver from many industrial toxins, such as carbon tetrachloride.
  • There is also evidence that compounds from milk thistle seeds help protect the liver against damage from alcohol and hepatitis, and can even regenerate liver cells that have been damaged.
  • Milk thistle helps improve liver function by helping to remove toxins from the body.
  • In his book, The Brain Wellness Plan, neurologist Dr. Jay Lombard advises people with PD who take anti-parkinson’s drugs (metabolized through the liver) to add 300 mg of standardized milk thistle extract to their daily medication regime.
  • Milk thistle is also available in capsules.
  • The compound appears to be safe, although more testing is needed to determine if there are any negative long-term effects. There are not currently any published studies of milk thistle in the treatment of PD.