5 of the Best Herbs to Help Improve Liver Health

The liver is an important organ, basically functioning as a detoxifier. It filters everything entering the body and gets rid of harmful substances. The liver can become overburdened whenever the level of toxins or harmful chemicals entering the body exceeds the extent that the liver can process. In such instances, research has shown that there are several herbs that can enhance liver function and improve its toxin coping capabilities. Listed below are 5 such herbs which are available as supplements individually or in a combination formula such as AlphaCleanse

1. Milk thistle may help improve the health of the liver

Silymarin marianum commonly known as milk thistle is a herb that's been traditionally used for thousands of years as a home remedy for treating liver and bile duct issues.

The seeds derived from milk thistle contain silymarin, a group of plant compounds with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. It's been believed that the antioxidant effects of silymarin could help reduce inflammation and promote the regeneration of liver cells.

A study found that individuals with liver disease who took a milk thistle supplement experienced improvements in liver function, which indicates it could help reduce damage and inflammation of the liver.1✅ JOURNAL REFERENCE
DOI: 10.1016/j.ejmech.2016.07.070

Although some studies have found milk thistle to be ineffective for the treatment of hepatitis C, a pilot study concluded that silymarin significantly improved liver fibrosis markers and quality of life in hepatitis C patients.2✅ JOURNAL REFERENCE
PMID: 22091246

Research has found that cirrhosis patients treated with silymarin had a significantly reduced risk of liver-related death. The antioxidant properties of silymarin act as a scavenger of the lipid peroxidation inducing free radicals and also influences the enzyme systems linked to the cellular damage that results in cirrhosis and fibrosis. Through the reduction of oxidative stress and the resulting cytotoxicity, intact or not yet irreversibly damaged liver cells are protected with silymarin.3✅ JOURNAL REFERENCE
DOI: 10.1007/s12325-020-01251-y

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About the author

Adrian has been writing on health and fitness for 18 years. He is the founder of several health related websites and the current owner of AHealthBlog, which regularly publishes evidence based health and fitness news and information. When he isn’t writing, you can find him mountain biking or surfing.



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