Let’s learn a little bit about herbs and your liver.
Herbs? My Liver? I hear you say. That’s right – read on to learn more about how herbs can help protect this special organ.
Your liver is situated on the upper right side of the abdomen. The liver is the largest internal organ of the body and is the cleaning filter system of the bloodstream, everything you eat and drink, any chemicals you are exposed to or medications you take need to be processed by the liver.
This large workload can put a lot of stress on the liver and end up overloading the livers detoxification pathways. When this happens, toxins can escape into the blood, these toxins can weaken the immune system, interfere with your hormones, and make you feel flat and fatigued and lead to all sorts of other health problems.
One of the best ways to ensure your liver does not become overworked and full of harmful fat and chemicals is to follow a liver-cleansing diet and take certain herbs and supplements to clean up the liver and improve its function.
The herbs Dandelion, St Mary’s Thistle and Globe artichoke all work together to cleanse, protect and regenerate the liver, as well as improve digestive function and offer anti-oxidant protection. Taking a combination of these three herbs in a tonic for a few weeks can greatly improve the health of the liver and therefore the overall health of the body.
The above herbs are best taken in conjunction with the amino acid Taurine. Taurine plays several important roles in the body and is an essential component of cell membranes where it stabilizes transport across the cell membrane and gives anti-oxidant protection. Taurine plays a major role in the liver via the formation of bile acids and detoxification. Taurine is the major amino acid required by the liver for the removal of toxic chemicals and metabolites from the body. Low levels of taurine are associated with increased incidences of allergies and skin eruptions.
The above combination of herbs and taurine are available from our pharmacy – Chittaway Pharmacy, a qualified Herbal Pharmacy on the Central Coast of NSW, come in and talk to our herbalist about ways to improve the health of your liver.