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Milk Thistle Extract Doesn't Ease Liver Infection

July 18, 2012

New research has found that a popular alternative therapy may not offer any improvement for people with chronic hepatitis C virus infection. Studies suggest up to one-third of people with HCV have tried milk thistle extract, or silymarin, an antioxidant sold over-the-counter as a dietary supplement. However, it proved no better than a placebo at easing signs of the disease in a new study.

Researchers randomly assigned 154 people with chronic HCV who did not respond to standard prescription therapies into one of three groups: 420 milligrams silymarin; 700 milligrams silymarin; or placebo. All groups were to take two doses three times a day for almost half a year.

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