Supporting the liver through its various stages of liver detoxification is (believe it or not), very important!
Now you might be sitting there thinking "but the liver naturally detoxifies every day"? and while you are right about that, I just want to point out a few things that may make you change your mind...
1. The world we now live in is incredibly toxic (our food is sprayed with chemicals, we have so many fake foods, their are vehicle exhaust fumes everywhere, geo-engineering is always going on which fills our air with toxic metals/particulates, people drink more alcohol to cope with their daily stress, we take more medications, we use personal care, fragrances etc that are brimming with chemicals and on an on and on!). I could talk all day about this topic alone.
You get the point.
2. Because of the burden of things mentioned in point #1, our liver is now overloaded, it is overburdened in its role to detoxify. So if we can understand this, we can see the need for supporting it.
The more we can support our liver, the better it can do its job and the healthier we will then be.
It's important to ensure detoxification pathways are open and functioning so please be sure to come back and read our blog 'Open Detox Pathways Before You Detox'.
We have written quite a few blogs about detox/detox-related topics, which you can also find here.
The intention of today's blog though, is to break down the ingredients in Perfect Liver Detox Support, to give you a better understanding of the product and how it may benefit you.
This product is of the highest quality and was developed by a naturopathic doctor. It includes some of the most powerful liver herbs on the planet. I have no doubt that you will love it as much as we do. 💛
You've probably heard of milk thistle being good for the liver right? Well, did you know that artichokes are also a type of thistle? Yep, it is true and thistles are amazing for the health of our liver.
Artichoke's nerdy science name is 'Cynara cardunculus var. scolymus (if you were wondering).
Artichokes have been prized for their medicinal properties and their origin is the Mediterranean.
Did you know that artichokes have been shown (in rat studies) to help protect the liver from the harm that drugs can do?
The extract of the artichoke leaf was shown in another study to promote new tissue growth and protect the liver.
Artichokes have also been said to help improve liver function in fatty liver people.
Indian cultures have been consuming turmeric for eons! It's that distinctive yellow spice that gives curry its colour and flavour. 💛🧡
The bioactive compound found in turmeric that gives it such wonderful medicinal benefits is 'curcumin'. I'm sure you have heard of it.
This special compound is known to help the liver in many ways.
- It helps to protect against free radical damage (its a proven antioxidant)
- It is known to help reduce fatty deposits in the liver
- It reduces liver inflammation
- Taking turmeric may help you to reduce your need for taking anti-inflammatory and pain medications*
*Speak to your physician about this if you are unsure about reducing meds.
Clinical studies show that taking chlorella has a positive effect on liver enzymes (AST* in particular). This goes way beyond the scope of this article, but if you want to look into this further, please see our nih.gov reference in the references below.
*AST stands for Aspartate transaminase. This is the liver enzyme that metabolises amino acids. If you have an increase in AST, you may have liver damage or worse, liver disease. High level of AST can also be an indication of muscular damage.
It can be a good idea to get tested once a year to see how your liver is functioning. Ask your doctor for the following tests to see how your liver is doing.
- Serum bilirubin test
- Serum albumin test
- INR test (International normalised ratio)
- Serum alkaline phosphatase test
- ALT (Alanine transaminase) test
- AST (Aspartate transaminase) test
- Gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase test
- Lactic dehydrogenase test
- 5'-nucleotidase test
(If cancer, cirrhosis, emphysema or auto-immune disease are of concern to you)
- Alpha-fetoprotein test
- Mitochondrial antibodies test
- Serum alpha-1 antitrypsin test (A1AT)
This information we believe, was important to include so please do share this blog with anyone who you think may benefit.
Taking chlorella has been shown to help improve detoxification (especially heavy metals). This is because chlorella is both a binder and a chelator. It attracts the metals (that are hidden in the body) to itself and they then get excreted through a bowel movement. That is why it is VITAL to poo daily! 💩
If you are not pooping, you are in trouble and I don't mean to alarm anyone here but going to the toilet to evacuate waste is one of the keys to health and disease-prevention so if you need help here, please consult a naturopath as they will tend to be more holistic and look at the whole body and what is going on with you.
You can try our 'Gut Health Matters' pack to help improve your gut health and bowel movements.
Chlorella vulgaris also helps to protect the cells of the liver. C.vulgaris affects insulin resistance as a biomarker involved in the onset of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
Silymarin Milk Thistle
You probably just know this one as 'milk thistle' (without the silymarin part). I know I did.
Studies on milk thistle, show that it can help reduce inflammation which may help the liver in many ways:
- Liver cancer*
- Fatty liver disease*
*See Our disclaimer below.
Studies also show that milk thistle can help promote cellular repair. Cellular repair is fundamental to maintaining a high level of health.
Coriander Leaf (Cilantro)
In Australia, we call it 'coriander' but in the USA, it's called 'cilantro'.
Coriander is a vital part of Perfect Liver Detox support because it aids in toxin-removal. Toxins that offset in the liver are transported to the GI tract (via the bile).
When in the gastrointestinal tract (GI), coriander goes an extra step in binding toxins in the colon for evacuation via a bowel movement/number two!
It is this binding activity that prevents toxins from re-entering the bloodstream (your river of life).
Healthy blood = a healthier you!
Potential Benefits of Coriander:
- Enhances detoxification/elimination of toxic metals
- Is a powerful antioxidant
- Helps to reduce inflammation
- May help to boost memory
Fun Fact! When you go to the holistic dentist (and we would definitely recommend a holistic dentist for this over a regular one), to get your mercury fillings removed, they will often get you to take a supplement that contains coriander, as coriander is a powerful chelator (like chlorella).
Broccoli Sprout Powder
The last ingredient to discuss from the Perfect Liver Detox Support is broccoli sprout powder.
Broccoli sprouts are pretty cool as they contain something called 'sulforaphane'. It's the sulforaphane compound that shows promise when it comes to liver health.
By ingesting sulforaphane (via food or supplementation), you can improve the function of your liver (through reducing oxidative stress).
Sulforaphane is also known to help detoxify excess oestrogen. Too much oestrogen recycling around the body is linked to breast cancer.
In an article linked below, it was said that sulforaphane has been shown to be chemopreventive and to reverse oestrogen-induced metabolic changes. This may help to prevent breast cancer*.
*In conjunction with many other factors. Please see our disclaimer below.
We hope you enjoyed this article and information today. It is our mission to help educate people on the power of natural healing and living a life of prevention.
Ebrahimi-Mameghani M, Sadeghi Z, Abbasalizad Farhangi M, Vaghef-Mehrabany E, Aliashrafi S. Glucose homeostasis, insulin resistance and inflammatory biomarkers in patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease: beneficial effects of supplementation with microalgae Chlorella vulgaris: a double-blind placebo-controlled randomized clinical trial. Clin Nutr. 2017;36:1001–1006. [PubMed] [Google Scholar]
Disclaimer: the information in this article is intended purely as information and not health advice. It is not intended to treat, diagnose, prevent or cure and one should always seek expert advice from their trusted health practitioner.