Milk Thistle in PCT – Tamoxifen (Nolvadex) Still a Liver Killer, Despite Hepatoprotective Effect of Silymarin or Ziziphus

Image 1: Silybum marianum, a medical plant that has been used to treat liver disease for >2,000 years and is a staple in many “post cycle therapy” supplements you can current purchase at your favorite supplement store.

Whether or not you are into “performance enhancing drugs” does not really matter. If you have browsed through the range of one of the myriad of on-line supplement vendors, you will have seen them: the “liver protectors”, “supplements for liver health”, or simply “post-cycle recovery” supplements. The most common ingredient, you will see on the labels of supplements listed in these or similar categories, is silymarin, a flavonoid complex consisting of silybin (the most active component), silydanianin and silychristin, which is either extracted or simply contained in a crude extract of the seeds of Silybum marianum, a flowering plant of the daisy family, the manufacturers put into their capsules. While scientists still debate whether and for which type of liver disease(s) the use of the obviously non-patentable (you know that this means that no big pharma company will be willing to acknowledge that it works 😉 flavonoid would be an appropriate treatment option (Loguercio. 2011), generations of bodybuilders may actually have saved their live(rs) from the toxic effect of a highly “underrated” liver-killer, the “bros” know as “Tamox” – the Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulator (SERM), Tamoxifen, which is the active ingredient in the “anti-breast-cancer drugs” Nolvadex, Istubal, and Valodex. (more…)