Milk Thistle Can Cure Psoriasis But It Is Very Estrogenic And May Cause Gynecomastia

There is a lot of liver supplements useful in psoriasis and one of the most promoted and recommended is Silymarin extracted from Milk Thistle seeds. The positive effects of the active ingredient(s) silymarin are well known and scientifically proved as being a potent antioxidant and effective especially in liver problems. Psoriasis is one of the health issues that can be markedly improved by silymarin but is it really worth to take Milk Thistle extract to help your liver?

Most people are well aware of the effects of some of the soy isoflavones (Genistein and Daidzein) which act as the estrogens in the body. There is a big hype regarding the soy being the biggest estrogenic evil and many people avoid soy even in trace amounts which is silly in my opinion. When saying in trace amounts I am not talking about eating the soy foods like tofu, tempeh, natto and miso.

I am talking about the soy lecithin which is actually a highly concentrated extract of some beneficial nutrients found in soy. Taking the soy lecithin is nothing like eating the whole food soy or common processed soy products.

However, we still have an option in taking the sunflower lecithin instead.

On the other hand the same people who avoid soy as hell take the silymarin supplements which are the highly concentrated extracts of estrogenic compounds found in Milk Thistle.

Don’t you believe?

Estrogenic Milk Thistle extract for Psoriasis?

Here is a testimony of guy who took 1 tablet of Milk Thistle extract for several months and developed gynecomastia.

I took Milk Thistle extract (175 mg of the 80% standardized extract) daily for several months to help with liver function and developed gynecomastia (no, I never used steroids). Many other men have experienced this side effect as well, just google ‘Milk Thistle gynecomastia’.
If you are a male, I strongly suggest you consider other sources of anti-oxidants or different supplements for liver support.

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Use of Milk Thistle for liver support is very popular in bodybuilding community, especially in those who use the anabolic steroids which are very hard on the liver.

The bodybuilders may not be affected by Milk Thistle supplements as much due to the fact that they take the aromatase inhibitors which if taken in high doses may almost completely shutdown the natural (and beneficial) production of estrogens. The Anastrozole (an aromatase inhibitor) is capable to inhibit the aromatase enzymes about 97% when taken 1mg daily. [12]

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