Milk Thistle Benefits
Milk thistle is an herbal supplement used for a variety of benefits including, liver health, antioxidant support, and immune system functioning.
Support for liver health is the most well-known benefit of milk thistle. A 2016 study found that milk thistle may improve diet-induced liver damage. Additionally, milk thistle reduces free radical damage, further acting as a detoxifying agent for the liver. This is important because researchers believe that liver function has a direct impact on our mental performance.
Because milk thistle may increase liver detoxification it may be helpful to take with the nootropic Adrafinil, which is metabolized through the liver and known to increase potentially negative liver enzymes.
Studies also show that milk thistle may also increase immune system functioning when ingested.
Milk Thistle Dosage
General dosage of milk thistle is around 400 mg taken once or twice daily.
Milk Thistle Mode of Action
Research shows that milk thistle is a potential hepatoprotective, meaning it has the ability to prevent damage to the liver. This is through a number of mechanisms including, enhanced protein synthesis, prevention of free radical damage, anti-inflammatory effects as well as toxin blockade at the membrane level.
Milk Thistle Side Effects & Toxicity