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Does milk thistle cleanse the liver?

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According to University of Maryland Medical Center, milk thistle can help remove toxins and clean the liver. It has been used for over 2,000 years in a medicinal purpose.

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Does milk thistle cleanse the liver?
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Milk thistle, or Silybum marianum, contains a compound called silymarin, the main cleansing agent. Silymarin, a group of flavonoids, is extracted from the milk thistle seeds. Silymarin is both an anti-inflammatory agent and an antioxidant. It helps the liver by making new cells. Milk thistle may also help protect the liver from damage from acetaminophen overuse. It is available in a variety of formats, such as dried herb capsules, a tincture and a liquid extract.

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