Milk thistle stimulates the regeneration of liver and kidney cells. This will make it, useful for problems including hepatitis, fatty liver, and cirrhosis of the liver. Treatment with milk thistle is important for anyone who has been poisoned by consuming the deathcap mushroom (Amanita phalloides). In 49 reported cases where people who have deathcap poisoning received an injectable form of milk thistle (silibin), physicians reported full recovery-even when treatment came as late as 36 hours after the poisoning happened.
Milk thistle extract has been proven to stimulate kidney-cell regeneration. Milk thistle is also the most effective herbs for stimulating the flow of bile, which is necessary to good digestion. Because of this, it’s useful for enhancing the digestion of fats as well as useful in improving bowel elimination.
I recommend one take a 200 to 250mg capsule of a standardized extract (80% to 85% silymarin) 3 times daily. This is equivalent to 480 to 600 mg of silymarin daily. Should you suffer bloating, then take it 15 minutes before or with a meal. A special form of milk thistle bound to phosphatidylcholine, generally known as Phytosome, has been proven to increase absorption. The dosage for the tincture form is 20 to 30 drops 3 times daily.
The only major concern about milk thistle is that a very high dosage can cause loose stools because of increased bile flow. For those who have a sensitive digestive tract, begin with one capsule and gradually increase the dosage. If you experience loose stools or diarrhea, then reduce the dosage.