Milk thistle, or silymarin, is a herbal supplement used by steroid-taking bodybuilders as a liver detoxifier, as the use of anabolic steroids (which are metabolised in the liver) can put tremendous strain on the liver. Studies have shown much improved liver enzyme levels in athletes who use drugs in sport when using milk thistle, compared with those who do not (Neuman, et al 1991). Silymarin is also a potent antioxidant.
"Milk thistle has a role in bodybuilding as a liver detoxifier."
Milk thistle has a role in bodybuilding as a liver detoxifier. It is available in its pure form, or with a combination of other herbs in the product LIV 52®.
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