milk thistle/liver

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   Posted 3/25/2008 7:27 PM (GMT -6)   
There is a current thread about elevated liver enzymes, but I am wanting broader input regarding Milk Thistle. Does anyone take this or have any "testimonies" as to its effectiveness? I am dealing with elevated liver enzymes, and am suddenly more aware of my liver and the impact of this disease on it. Good grief..what isn't affected?
dx:2003 Pancolitis
current meds:
Colazol 1500 TID, Imuran 100mg, Healthy Trinity Probiotic, Grape Seed Ext. Biotin, Vit. E., Selenium, Flax Oil, Calcium, Zinc and Emergen-C

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Date Joined May 2003
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   Posted 3/26/2008 3:11 AM (GMT -6)   
I took it for a while, didn't reduce my liver enzymes at all.
You'll have to do the experiment yourself.

Please don't consume alcohol in any continual amounts and never binge.  I'm not assuming you do...just covering that base in general.

I have read that coffee is good for the liver.

*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....zymactive 3 - 5x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
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   Posted 3/26/2008 9:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Milk Thistle is good stuff!! I'm not so much on it anymore but back in my powerlifting days, I used to take it religiously with all my "supplements" I was taking. Blood tests were always normal.

aka. uc veteran

Asacol - four a day
6 MP - 1 tab. a day
Remicade - every eight weeks.

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