Michael T. Murray, ND
All together, the liver performs more than 500 separate jobs, including converting fats, amino acids, vitamins and minerals in the body and making cell structures such as phospholipids and cholesterol.
The liver is the second-largest organ in the body (your skin is the largest) and is the largest gland. All together, the liver performs more than 500 separate jobs, including converting fats, amino acids, vitamins and minerals in the body and making cell structures such as phospholipids and cholesterol. Most importantly, it detoxifies the body by breaking down waste products and excreting them in urine.
What is the best way to support the liver?
Don’t put undue stress on the liver. Avoid smoking and harmful chemicals, especially cleaning solvents and pesticides. The most important dietary guidelines for supporting good liver function also support good general health: avoid saturated fats, refined sugar, caffeine and alcohol, drink at least six glasses of water each day, and consume plenty of vegetables and legumes for their high fibre and nutrient content.
Certain foods contain nutrients your body needs to detoxify. These include garlic, onions, eggs and other high-sulphur foods, cabbage-family vegetables (especially broccoli, brussels sprouts and cabbage), green foods (wheat grass juice, chlorella and spirulina), and herbs and spices (dandelion, turmeric and licorice).
What Supplements Promote Liver Health?
If you are healthy and follow the dietary recommendations above, then a high-potency multiple vitamin and mineral supplement may be all you need. However, if you are suffering from impaired liver function, especially chronic hepatitis, then several unique compounds can give you additional support. Since the following work synergistically, combining their use will produce even better results.
Can These Natural Products Be Used For Hepatitis?
Absolutely. They are especially helpful for people suffering from chronic hepatitis (inflammation of the liver) and the most serious form, chronic hepatitis C (CHC). An estimated five million people in the United States and Canada are infected with the CHC virus, and as many as 200 million worldwide (roughly five percent of the world’s population).
The drug of choice in conventional medicine for chronic hepatitis is alpha-interferon, a very expensive treatment that benefits only about one-third of cases. Fortunately, natural compounds such as glucuronate, alpha-lipoic acid and silybin phytosome exert benefits of their own and may also improve the effectiveness of alpha-interferon.