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The best way to know your liver and protect it!

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Get to know your liver and how to protect it!

Liver is involved in about 500 different daily functions critical to our health. Liver works 24/7 to eliminate biological and environmental toxins. Liver participates in regulating blood glucose and cholesterol. Different hormones, enzymes, and blood clotting factors are produced in the liver. Plus, Secreted bile from the liver helps with digestion.

Proper liver function is necessary to all aspect of health, yet its health is compromised by constant exposure to toxins, drugs, unhealthy diets, obesity, high blood sugar, infections, and many other factors.

One of the common causes of the chronic liver disease is known as Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease, which is defined as accumulation of fat in the liver cells, and it is directly linked to high fat and carbohydrate consumption and a lifestyle with very little physical activity. Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver is part of the metabolic syndrome including cardiovascular diseases and diabetes with spectrum of symptoms. If Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver not being taken care of, it will progress to Non Alcoholic Steatohepatitis which a dangerous condition leading to liver fibrosis, cirrhosis, and even liver cancer.

While there is no adequate pharmaceutical treatment for Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver, multiple number of studies confirm that Milk thistle seed extract is able to improve and protect gallbladder and liver function. It prevents liver damage and reduces the elevated Liver enzymes. The benefits of the milk thistle is linked to a compound with very potent antioxidant and anti inflammatory properties called Silymarin. Silymarin itself contains a molecule called Silybin which is the most active part of the Silymarin. As a result, the higher concentrations of Silymarin provides better therapeutic effects.

Silybin however is not well absorbed through the digestive system. Human studies has shown to when it is combined with Phosphatidylcholine, Silybin's absorption and concentration in the liver is significantly increased. This phytosome combination is shown to restore liver function and normalize liver enzymes in cases of Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver. It improves insulin resistance in diabetics , and it is able to reduce liver damage in patients with viral hepatitis, as well as to increase the life span of those with critical liver damage and cirrhosis.

Daily supplementation with vitamin E has been proven to benefit the liver health in different ways. Primarily vitamin E as a powerful antioxidant protects the liver cells by providing preventative benefits against developing liver diseases including fatty liver. Studies have found patients of Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver have low blood levels of Vitamin E and that even more increases the risk of oxidative stress on the liver cells resulting in high inflammation, cellular death, and further tissue damage . When these patients took vitamin E, their liver inflammatory markers and liver enzymes were reduced substantially. Also monitoring Diabetic patients who supplemented with vitamin E showed improvement in their insulin sensitivity, lower fasting blood sugar level and ultimately a better liver function.

Long term human based researches indicates the importance of Omega 3 fatty acids to prevent and improve many health conditions, and that is in fact is very applicable to Non Alcoholic Fatty Acid condition. Therapeutic dosage of Omega 3 Fatty Acids daily not only lowers blood Triglyceride, Fasting Blood Sugar and inflammatory markers, but also improves the liver tissue and its blood circulation when observed by ultrasound within 6 months from supplementation.

Constant exposure to verity of toxins makes liver cells to become less able to produce enough Glutathione. Glutathione (GSH) is a sulfur rich antioxidant produced naturally by liver cells and participates in detoxification pathways. However, when liver cells are damaged or going through oxidative stress, they will not produce adequate amount of Glutathione. So higher amount of toxins and lack of Glutathione production hand in hand amplifies the cellular damage.

Simply increasing intake of Sulfur rich foods like Garlic and Cruciferous vegetables, and Highly pure whey protein can increase the levels of Glutathione. Also supplementation with Selenium, NAC, Alpha Lipoic Acid, SAMe, Methylcobalamin, B6 (P-5-P), Folate, Vitamin E and C will help to recycle the produced Glutathione in the body. Some people due to gene impairments are unable to produce Glutathione properly; so oral supplementation or intravenous injection is recommended.


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