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Best Milk Thistle Supplement for Fatty Liver

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 it was recommended to me as well by the hepatologists I have visited after being diagnosed.

As a result, I have personally taken milk thistle supplements without any problems (and I have reversed my fatty liver since so it might’ve helped).

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.

IMPORTANT! When taking these supplements, it’s extremely important to still have one thing in mind: although silymarin (aka milk thistle) 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’s not the cure and just it alone won’t help much.

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 supplement for fatty liver? They are cheap and, at worst, they won’t have any effect. But if science-backed studies are correct, they will help your recovery a lot.

How to take milk thistle?

My doctor recommended to take one of these pills each 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 based on your situation.

Mine, for example, recommended a dose of 250mg of milk thistle per day but in the first month only she wanted me to take 500mg.

With these in mind, let’s check out the best milk thistle supplements for fatty liver below!

Please note: I get commissions for purchases made through links in this article. However, this does not influence the price or the products I recommend.

Nature’s Bounty Milk Thistle

This is, right now my favorite milk thistle 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?

Also, with so many pills in a bottle, you don’t have to worry about constantly ordering them back and forth or actually running out.

Plus, we’re talking about a Nature’s Bounty product – these are always of high quality and this particular one is, at the moment of writing, Amazon’c choice further proving that it’s a really good one!

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 and I am happy with the results.

Click here to buy it on Amazon

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.

IMPORTANT: Even though you can read on the bottle that it has 1,000mg, they are referring to the whole herb extract used in creating the pills. But for the active ingredient, the extract, it is exactly 250mg, which is what the doctors usually recommend as a daily dose.

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Nature Made Milk Thistle Standard Extract

This is 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 since what I take seems to be working just fine, I am still wondering if it would be a good idea.

Also a note about the bottle: it only mentions 140mg of Milk Thistle, but in reality (if you look at the list of ingredients on the same bottle), you will see that it’s actually 140mg of the seed extract and 98mg of Silymarin itself, so you’re still close to 250mg in total.

Since there are only 50 capsules too, it’s easier to manage and gives you the option to simply test it out and see how it goes, then decide if you should keep taking it or not.

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Alternative: Liver Support Plus

If you are all about natural remedies and herbal supplements, this product is what you need, as it has milk thistle, but also other ingredients that are claimed to have a healing effect on the liver.

One pill has 200mg of Sylimarin, but also other active ingredients such as Beetroot, Zinc, Chicory root and many, many other plants that are mixed together to give your liver a boost.

I have mixed feelings about these natural supplements because I generally prefer science backed data, but I don’t want to completely take the out of the question either especially because there are people reporting good results after using them.

So the ball is in your court now and it’s you who should decide if it’s better to get a mixture of ingredients like what Liver Support Plus offers or go for milk thistle only.

If it’s the former, click here to check it out.

In the end, it’s up for you to decide which of these supplements to take and it’s always best to make this decision after talking to your liver doctor.

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 what I said earlier: you do need to stick to your diet and continue changing your lifestyle, as these supplements alone are not a replacement for good eating, drinking and living habits!

Lynn

After being diagnosed with a fatty liver back in 2014, I started doing serious research about it and I didn't stop until I reversed mine in just 1.5 years. I decided to share all my expertise and findings in these blog - all based on my personal experiences and tons of research. I also run a highly successful Fatty Liver-related Facebook Group (see the sidebar!) and moderate the Fatty Liver reddit.

7 Comments

    1. Hello DDR,

      Unfortunately, artichoke is not very popular here so I haven’t really looked into it. I will do some research and come back with my findings.

  1. I was excited to start using milk thistle for fatty liver, and almost bought a bottle to try. However, I am a big researcher before starting anything and I found out something disturbing. It sounds wacky, but apparently milk thistle should not be used by women who are post-menopausal as it will raise their blood pressure. This effect does not show up in any other group. Researchers have not yet discovered why.
    Higher blood pressure is something I certainly don’t need. If you are surprised at this, imagine how I felt when I read the literature!

    https://www.ehealthme.com/ds/milk-thistle/high-blood-pressure/

    It looks like I must look elsewhere. But I thought this is something to be considered.

    1. I personally never heard of anyone to report side effects after taking milk thistle, but it’s something worth considering for sure.

      However, according to the study, the people taking milk thistle were also taking other supplements and still less than 5% reported increased blood pressure. So it might not be the fault of Milk Thislte itself…

      But definitely, since I believe that you can still reverse a fatty liver with proper diet and exercise, it can be skipped completely.

  2. I am afraid to take milk thistle because I am on so much medications and also I am allergic to most plants and trees.Do you think that I could have a reaction from milk thistle?

    1. I never heard of any allergic reactions to milk thistle, but this is not my area of expertise. If you know to be allergic, it’s best to talk to your doctor before taking it.

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