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Should You Be Taking Milk Thistle?
Published: 10/23/2013

Protection from environmental toxins begins with minimizing your exposure - avoiding smoking and secondhand smoke, eating organic, pesticide-free foods, and reducing your contact with toxic chemicals are good ways to start. The herb milk thistle may also have beneficial, detoxifying effects: it has an excellent reputation for supporting the health of the liver, the main organ responsible for processing toxins. Anyone who uses alcohol regularly, who takes drugs or medications that can harm the liver, or who works with solvents or has a history of toxic exposures should consider taking milk thistle. Look for extracts standardized to 70-80 percent silymarin, and take two capsules twice a day or as the label directs. Milk thistle is nontoxic and can be used for extended periods.

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