Oregon's Wild Harvest - Ask Dr. Meletis

Milk Thistle for Liver Health

January 2018

Q.  If you could select only one herb to use to support liver and overall detoxification, what would it be?

A.  Great question, without hesitation it would be Milk Thistle. Milk Thistle has been used for over 2000 years and studied for its liver supportive properties, detoxification, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Silymarin, one of the active ingredients in Milk Thistle has been reported to also help with the regeneration of glutathione, commonly known as the master antioxidant of the body. As the New Year begins, knowing that this multifaceted herb is part of my patients’ wellness protocols helps me work with them to build a strong health foundation. 

Hepatoprotective effect of silymarin. World J Hepatol. 2014 Mar 27;6(3):144-9.
Link to full article: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3959115/



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Dr. Chris Meletis, N.D.Dr. Chris Meletis, N.D., has 24-years of experience practicing as a Naturopathic Doctor in Portland, Oregon.  He is dedicated to using his vast knowledge about alternative medicine to help his patients and generously give to those in need. He has written over a dozen books and 100's of national articles, and was named Naturopathic Physician of the Year in 2003 by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.  Read more about Dr. Meletis here.  Or, visit our "Ask Dr. Meletis, N.D." page for additional articles. 

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