Liver Superheroes: A Trio of Ingredients that Defend Your Liver

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Your Liver’s Many Jobs

Your liver may be the most underappreciated part of your body. The largest solid organ, its primary job is to filter toxins from your blood. It also metabolizes the proteins, fats and carbohydrates you eat and transforms them into energy. And, as if that weren’t enough, it helps your body digest fat, break down hormones and store nutrients.

When all goes well, your liver is up to the job. But sometimes it can become overwhelmed by toxins from the environment, alcohol consumption, drugs, smoking, or too many fats in the diet. And just like your car performs better when you replace the filters, your body performs better when you clean and repair its master filter: the liver.

The One and Only Milk Thistle

People have been using milk thistle to give the liver a boost for over 2,000 years. More than 50 human clinical trials have been published on the revered herb; research shows it helps clear toxins out of the liver while also protecting the organ from damage.* In fact, milk thistle is such a potent liver protector, it has been used as an emergency antidote for people who have accidentally consumed death cap mushrooms (so named for a reason!).*[i]

Milk thistle’s main group of active constituents is called silymarin. This group of substances helps glutathione — one of the body’s strongest antioxidants — work better.*[ii] Silymarin also improves the flow of bile from the liver and encourages the growth of new liver cells.*[iii],[iv]

Milk Thistle’s Sidekicks: L-glutathione & Calcium d-glucarate

Glutathione is often called the “master antioxidant” because it helps so many other antioxidants function.* With glutathione on the job, your liver has less detoxifying work to do and can function more efficiently.*

Calcium d-glucarate helps your body eliminate many toxic chemicals and metabolize estrogen (important for both men and women).* It works by promoting phase II detoxification.* Through this crucial process, toxins are conjugated with glucuronic acid — which renders them harmless — and then excreted through the biliary tract.*[v]

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. 

 

Sources: 

[i] http://www.umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/milk-thistle
[ii] Valenzuela A, et al. Selectivity of silymarin on the increase of glutathione content in different tissues of the rat. Planta Med. 1989;55(5):420-2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2813578
[iii] Crocenzi FA, et al. Effect of silymarin on biliary bile secretion in rat. Biochem Pharmacol. 2000;59(8):1015-1022. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0006295299004074
[iv] Blumenthal M, et al. The Complete German Monograph Commission E Monograph. Austin, TX: American Botanical Council. 1998:11. 1969-70, 278.
[v] http://www.altmedrev.com/publications/7/4/336.pdf

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