HERBS FOR THE LIVER
• LIVER:Chamomile: Results have confrmed that the chamomile extract has reversal effects on the levels of paracetamol hepatotoxicity, and the authors concluded that the extract served as a hepatoprotective agent and that this hepatoprotective activity of chamomile might be due to the normalization of impaired membrane function activity. (17)
• Milk thistle: The seeds are well known for liver protection properties. Milk Thistle helps repair of damaged liver tissue and aids liver detoxifcation. A well known hepatic antioxidant, silymarin, from the milk thistle (Silybum marianum), inhibits liver damage by scavenging free radicals among other mechanisms. This powerful antioxidant protects the liver against alcohol and pharmaceutical injury and even poisoning from extremely toxic compounds. (9)
Milk Thistle is one of the most investigated plant extracts, with known mechanisms of action for oral treatment of toxic liver damage. Silymarin has been used as a protective treatment in acute and chronic liver diseases. (17)
It also acts by stimulating liver cell regeneration and cell membrane stabilization to prevent hepatotoxic agents from entering hepatocytes (17)
• Golden seal: The root contains substances that protect the liver*, aid liver* function and are antimicrobial. Another great liver* stimulant and protector. One study demonstrated that berberine (from golden seal) possesses hepatoprotective effects against liver toxicity and that the effects are both preventive and curative. Berberine should have potential for developing a new drug to treat liver toxicity. (10)
Results of another study show that Golden seal reduces acetominaphen (paracetemol) toxicity, and related acute liver* failure. (11)
• Dandelion: The leaf and root gently support liver*, gall bladder and kidney function. Results of one study suggest that the extract of Dandelion root has protective action against alcohol-induced toxicity in the liver* by elevating antioxidative potentials and decreasing lipid peroxidation. (12)
• Wormwood: bitter properties in the leaf stimulate liver secretions and kill parasites. It is long known that the bitter constituents stimulate the gustatory nerves in the mouth and increase the secretion of gastric juice and bile, thereby promoting appetite and digestion. (13)
• Turkish Rhubarb: Moderate doses stimulate a sluggish liver* and bowel helping your liver* to detoxify it’s own cells as well as the blood passing through it. There is some evidence of the protective potential of this herb against liver*injury due to multiple causes (14)
In another study Turkish Rhubarb targeted liver* metabolic and immune pathways and may be bene icial for complex metabolic diseases such fatty liver* disease. (15)
• Kiwifruit: As an antioxidant it protects the liver* and has been shown to inhibit certain cancers. Use only organic kiwifruit to completely avoid the heavy sprays normally used. Data reported in one study suggested a bene icial effect of kiwi fruit peptides on the physiology of human intestine. (16)
• Barley grass: A good source of superoxide dismutase (SOD) a group of enzymes important to a healthy liver*.
SOD aids in Phase 2 liver* detoxi ication. Barley grass supplementation sustains liver*anti-oxidative enzymes, catalase, glutathione peroxidase, and superoxide dismutase, at transcriptional and enzymatic levels, thus suppressing oxidative stress markers. (6)
• Spirulina: Liver* examinations have revealed that Spirulina is potent in protecting the liver* from toxic lesions and preserved the liver* cell (hepatocyte) structure.
Lesions including necrosis, lymphocyte in iltration, ballooning degeneration, and hepatocyte injury, as well as irregular lamellar organization, dilation of the endoplasmic reticula, and the presence of great numbers of cytoplasmic vacuolizations, were reversed by Spirulina. (17) In other words, Spirulina heals the liver*.