Milk Thistle (also known as Silymarin) is one of the natural supplements that’s considered to be extremely beneficial to our livers. It is usually the first supplement that is recommended to those diagnosed with a fatty liver and I have personally taken it as well without any problems (and have reversed my fatty liver since).
We have already talked about milk thistle in a previous article (make sure you read it in case you know nothing about it and its beneficial effects), but today I decided to come back and focus on another important thing: what is the best milk thistle supplement to take if you have fatty liver? There are so many options out there and sometimes you might end up wondering: “but which is the best for me?”
So in today’s short article, we’re going to talk exactly about that: which are some recommended milk thistle supplements that I wholeheartedly recommend to other people that have been diagnosed with NAFLD.
However, when taking these supplements, it’s extremely important to still consider one thing: although silymarin has been always associated with improved liver functions and has been praised for its healing effects over the liver, it won’t do wonders by itself. In other words, this is not a medicine that will reverse your fatty liver alone. You still need to stick to your diet, lose weight (if needed) and exercise in order to make it happen. Milk thistle is said to help and probably does, but it won’t do it alone.
However, any extra help is welcome – that is always my motto – so why not give your liver an even better and bigger boost with my recommended milk thistle for fatty liver? They are cheap and, at worst, they won’t have any effect. But at best, they will help your recovery a lot.
How to take them?
My doctor recommended to take one of these pills per day for 90 days, then take a break of 1 month, then repeat. You can go up to two per day with the recommended ones below, but it’s always best and safest to just ask your doctor as they sure know better.
So these are the best milk thistle supplements for NAFLD:
Nature’s Bounty Milk Thistle
This is now my favorite supplement. It has exactly the dose recommended by my doctor and one container has 200 capsules. At 1 taken per day (or 2 at most – always do what your Dr. says!), you have a lot of them for very little money. But you shouldn’t even care about spending several dollars when it comes to saving your liver and potentially your life, right?
Back to this silymarin supplement, it is made in the USA and has great reviews from people who have tried it. I also recommend it personally since it is my go-to product now. I used to take a supplement from a different brand, but I always had big trouble finding it, so I decided to switch.
Puritan’s Pride Milk Thistle
This one is a bestselling product on Amazon, sitting at number 1 at the moment of writing this article. You can’t get that popular unless you offer some really high quality in return, and this is definitely the case of Puritan’s Pride sylimarin supplement.
It is basically the same thing as Nature’s Bounty product that I have recommended above (at least in terms of the active ingredient), but this one has only 180 softgels. Having in mind that this means 90 to 180 days, depending on how much you take, it’s still a lot and a great deal so go for it if for whatever reason you prefer this one over the previous.
Nature Made Milk Thistle Standard Extract
Another really good product that has some very good reviews and holds two active ingredients from the milk thistle: Silybum marianum (which is the Seed extract) and Silymarin itself. I’m tempted to switch over to using these as the previous two only have the seed extract, but I am not completely convinced since they also seem to do the job well.
This particular product also has a bit less active ingredient than the previous two: a good choice either for those who are already doing better and just want to go for lower doses to maintain their liver’s health, or for those who just want to try it out and see how it goes. Since there are only 50 capsules too, it’s easier to manage.
In the end, it’s up for you to decide which of these supplements to take. They are all good in my opinion and no matter which one you choose, they should help you a lot in getting your fatty liver reversed. But remember: you do need to stick to your diet and continue changing your lifestyle, as these supplements are not a replacement for good eating, drinking and living habits!