There are some people who take milk thistle to offset or repair the liver damage caused by chronic alcoholism.
Milk thistle and silymarin are commonly used in the United States and Europe to treat liver disease caused by chronic alcoholism.
How It Works
The silymarin in milk thistle contains a group of flavonoids, which includes silibinin, silidianin and silicristin. These compounds are believed to repair liver cells that have been damaged by chronic exposure to alcohol. The silymarin may also protect new liver cells from damage caused by the toxins in alcohol. The anti-inflammatory properties of milk thistle can also reduce liver inflammation caused by alcohol abuse, referred to as alcoholic hepatitis.
Many studies show evidence that milk thistle may improve the liver function and increase survival rate in those with cirrhosis caused by alcoholism. MayoClinic.com notes that most of these studies are poorly designed and more research is necessary before definitive statements about the use of milk thistle for cirrhosis treatment can be made.
Do we have any definite evidence/studies either way yet about the effects of milk thistle on the progression of alcohol induced liver disease?