Daily assault is part of your liver’s job description. After all, it’s your personal purification system—responsible for removing harmful compounds from your blood, and for metabolizing critical hormones and drugs. But for all the abuse it’s built to take, it’s not invincible… and it’s not nearly as difficult as you might think to push this vital organ over the edge.
Toxic overload, an autoimmune misfire, or a common viral infection could be the cause of a variety of liver problems. Acute hepatitis can be caused by everything from a viral infection to certain types of drugs, alcohol or autoimmune conditions such as lupus. Viral infection of the liver is called infectious or viral hepatitis—that is, inflammation of the liver—and it’s serious business.
The good news? Acute hepatitis—unlike its more destructive chronic counterpart—usually resolves itself in a matter of months. The bad news is that there’s no treatment available in most of these cases… and while only a small number of acute infections will actually result in death, the risk is still very much there.
Of course, even without that risk, acute hepatitis is a hard pill to swallow. When you’re faced with symptoms like persistent fatigue, nausea, and headache—not to mention a few extras, including jaundice and anorexia—simply “waiting it out” is no walk in the park.
Luckily, a recently published clinical trial offers some compelling modern-day support for the historical use of milk thistle—and more specifically, its main constituent silymarin. The study enrolled 105 subjects, each with symptoms of acute hepatitis—including levels of the liver enzyme alanine aminotransferase (ALT) that were more than double the normal upper limits.
Participants were treated with either 140 mg of silymarin or placebo three times per day, for a period of four weeks—followed by an additional four-week follow up. Liver tests were run at regular intervals throughout the eight-week trial… with some very promising results.
Researchers found that subjects taking silymarin experienced a significantly quicker recovery from acute hepatitis symptoms—including jaundice, dark urine, and yellowing eyes—when compared to the placebo group. Liver function tests also revealed a decrease in this group’s levels of indirect bilirubin—a hemoglobin byproduct that’s excreted in bile, and which naturally rises in cases of hepatitis, cirrhosis, and other forms of liver disease. Even better, no adverse events were reported. (1)
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Reference:1. El-Kamary SS, Shardell MD, Abdel-Hamid M, Ismail S, El-Ateek M, Metwally M, Mikhail N, Hashem M, Mousa A, Aboul-Fotouh A, El-Kassas M, Esmat G, Strickland GT. A randomized controlled trial to assess the safety and efficacy of silymarin on symptoms, signs and biomarkers of acute hepatitis. Phytomedicine. 2009 May;16(5):391-400.Original source: Health News, VRP Staff