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   Posted 7/6/2011 6:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Anyone out there have any experience or knowledge of Milk Thistle?
I've read that there are studies that show it regenerates liver cells and promotes liver health.
With all the meds we have to take day after day, I feel that we all need a little help in the liver department.
I am just wondering if there are any GI issues with taking milk thistle every day or any interaction issues I should know about.

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   Posted 7/6/2011 7:10 AM (GMT -7)   
I take milk thistle sometimes, mostly when I was flaring. It is protective from some of the side effects of flares. And when I was flaring I was lucky enough to get many of the bad side effects or EILs. This thread has good information:
Male/59 DX ulcerative colitis Feb08, possible Crohn's colitis DX Mar10.
No Meds, allergic to Mesalamine. Remission since Mar10. Psyllium seed mixed with VSL3 especially helpful. Food journal instead of SCD.

Multivitamin, extra D3, K2, high gamma E, probiotics, fish oil, glutamine, magnesium, phos choline, resveratrol, S. Boulardii, boswellia, curcumin. Watch gluten, lots of fruit & vegetables (but no plums or kale), no soda, no HFCS, no trans fat, tea instead of coffee, no shellfish, few processed foods, no carrageenan.
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   Posted 7/6/2011 7:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks BabeintheWoods, all good information, I probably should have used the search feature -dooh!

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   Posted 7/6/2011 12:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I took it for a while, on and off. I don't take it at the moment, however.

I didn't notice any ill effects, however. My liver is still doing fine...

*Heather* I give suggestions, do with them what you will.
Status: ...Asacol 3 @ 2x daily; Salofalk enema @ 3rd night (nightly/ flares, tapered/maintenance)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol 20mg as needed; Zantac 150mg; Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma);Effexor XR 37.5 (depression)
~vitamins/minerals/supplements; Probiotics....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care+Primadophilus Reuteri capsules @ bedtime)
~Metamucil capsules 6 twice daily with meals; Vitamin D 4500 IU
~URSO for PBC(or PSC?) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!

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   Posted 7/6/2011 1:12 PM (GMT -7)   
It promotes liver health.
52, female - diagnosed with ulcerated proctitis/mild colitis
Canasa - stopped for now
Lialda - once a day
Centrum - multi vitamin
Zocor - 40 mg
Boniva - once a month
Calcium with Vitamin D
Herbs -
Valerian - when needed for sleep
Horsetail, Stinging Nettle, RedYeastRice, St. John's Wort, Turmeric

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   Posted 7/7/2011 7:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) 300mg, milk thistle, and B Complex is what's been recommended to clean the liver from the drugs and help protect the liver. I think the ALA is helping with me not having Pred side least so far. On week 5 of Pred and doing ok.
Diagnosed July 2010
flaring as Jan 2010
As of 5/25/2011 procitis is now pancolitis!!
Pred 40mg, started 6/4/2011
Transdermal LDN 4.5 mg 4/23/2011
Energy Multi-Plex / Vital-Zymes Complete / Microgestin (birth control), Magnesium for leg cramps / ALA 300mg / Vit B-12 shots 2.5g every week
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