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Milk Thistle Capsules

Milk thistle is a type of herb that grows in areas that border the Mediterranean Sea. Seeds from the plant have been used in traditional medicine for centuries. Some natural practitioners believe that milk thistle might have properties that protect the liver from damage due to the presence of a compound called silymarin. However, only small studies have shown promising results for using milk thistle to promote liver health. More research is needed. Studies are beginning to show that taking natural milk thistle in supplement forms like capsules may have certain health benefits. Currently, the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates milk thistle as "possibly effective" for easing symptoms of seasonal allergies and for helping to relieve symptoms of upset stomach. More research is needed to prove the benefits of milk thistle for these uses and for all other purposes.

Adding Milk Thistle Supplements to Your Diet

Milk thistle capsules are produced by a number of top herbal supplement brands, and you'll find many options that you can use to add this herb to your diet at Walgreens. When selecting supplements, compare the dosages of the capsules as well as the number of pills in the bottle. This will help to ensure that you get the right supply in the perfect strength to suit your needs. The most common side effect of milk thistle is increased bowel movements, as the herb can act as a mild laxative. Other less common side effects include nausea, gas, bloating and feelings of stomach fullness. It is not known whether or not milk thistle is safe for use during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, making it best not to use the herb if you are expecting or nursing your baby. There is a chance that milk thistle can lower blood sugar levels, which can lead to problems if you are using medications for diabetes or if you are taking any other herbs that can lower blood sugar levels. If you are allergic to ragweed, marigolds, chrysanthemums, chamomile, daisies or yarrow, do not take milk thistle, as you could have a severe allergic reaction. Women with a history of cancer of the uterus, breasts or ovaries or who have endometriosis (condition that affects the lining of the uterus) or previous history of fibroid tumors of the uterus should not take milk thistle. It may not be safe to use milk thistle with any drugs that are processed by the liver, the cancer drug tamoxifen, birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy medicines that contain estrogen and cholesterol medicines. Before you take milk thistle, be sure to check with your doctor to verify that the capsules are right for you.

This summary is intended for general informational purposes only, and should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not strictly regulate herbs and supplements. There is no guarantee of purity, strength, or safety of the products. As a result, effects may vary. You should read product labels. In addition, if you are taking medications, herbs, or other supplements you should consult with a qualified healthcare provider before taking a supplement as supplements may interact with other medications, herbs, and nutritional products. If you have a medical condition, including if you are pregnant or nursing, you should speak to your physician before taking a supplement. Consult a healthcare provider if you experience side effects.