Herbs for Liver Health And Their Benefits


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Introduction:

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Herbs can be a very powerful way to naturally heal your liver. They are natural and, when used correctly, they help the body to flush out toxins that accumulate in our systems. This process of elimination can also stimulate and release other concerns and problems in our bodies, so it’s important not to take herbs long-term without consulting a healthcare professional first.

The liver is the largest internal organ in your body, and it carries out more than 500 functions. It works to produce proteins that make blood clot when you get cut, breaks down alcohol, neutralizes toxins like medication and environmental chemicals, stores energy from food (in the form of glucose), absorbs fats, processes hormones, and removes excess red blood cells from the bloodstream.

Herbal medicines:

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Herbal medicines have been used for liver health for centuries. Some of the best herbs for liver health include milk thistle, dandelion root, and burdock root. These herbs help to detoxify the liver, improve liver function, and protect the liver from damage.

Milk thistle:

Milk thistle is one of the best liver herbs that has been used for liver health for more than 2000 years. Milk thistle contains silymarin, which appears to protect liver cells from damage and also blocks toxins from entering liver cells. Additionally, it stimulates liver cell regrowth. Silymarin may be beneficial in preventing liver damage that could lead to liver cancer. Milk thistle may also be beneficial in liver diseases such as cirrhosis and chronic liver failure. Milk thistle can be made into a tea by steeping three tablespoons of milk thistle seed powder in one cup of boiling water for 10 minutes, straining the mixture, and drinking the liquid three times per day.

Milk thistle can also be made into tinctures, extracts, and tablets. The recommended dosage for liver health is 70-210 mg of silymarin per day. Milk thistle should not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding unless otherwise directed by a doctor. Side effects lack of appetite and diarrhea or constipation may occur. Milk thistle has been known to cause liver failure in people with liver disease, so it should be used cautiously and only under the supervision of a doctor.

Dandelion root:

Dandelion root is another liver herb that has been shown to protect liver cells from damage caused by toxins. In one study, dandelion root reduced liver enzyme levels in senior citizens who had non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. In another study, dandelion root improved liver function tests in women who had hepatitis due to viruses. Dandelion root can be made into a tea by steeping two teaspoons of dried or four tablespoons of freshly chopped dandelion root in one cup of boiling water for 10 minutes, then straining the tea. Drinking three cups of dandelion root tea per day is recommended for liver health.

Dandelion root can also be made into tinctures, extracts, and tablets. The dosage for liver health is one or two 350mg capsules of dried dandelion root three times per day, or up to three grams of dried dandelion root in divided doses each day. Dandelion should not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding unless otherwise directed by a doctor. Side effects include headache, stomachache, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea or constipation, increased urination, loss of appetite, and weight loss.

Burdock root:

Burdock root contains liver-protective compounds called lignans that may protect liver cells from damage caused by toxins. Burdock root also has liver-protecting compounds called sesamin and sesamolin, which block toxins from entering liver cells. Additionally, burdock root stimulates liver cell regrowth so liver tissue is replaced after the liver has been damaged.

Burdock root can be made into a tea that can help treat liver problems by steeping two teaspoons of dried or four tablespoons of freshly chopped burdock root in one cup of boiling water for 10 minutes, then straining the tea. Drink three cups per day to use as an herbal treatment for liver health or drink it during flare-ups to reduce symptoms. It’s also possible to make extracts and tinctures from burdock root for liver health, but these products are hard to find in stores.

Burdock root can also be made into tablets or capsules, but these products are also hard to find. The recommended dosage for liver health is one 150-300mg capsule of dried burdock root three times per day, or up to three grams of dried burdock root in divided doses each day. Burdock root should not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding unless otherwise directed by a doctor. Side effects include headache, stomachache, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea or constipation, increased urination, loss of appetite, and weight loss.

Oregon grape root:

Oregon grape root has traditionally been used to treat liver problems including hepatitis and cirrhosis because it blocks toxins from entering liver cells while still allowing nutrients into liver cells. Oregon grape root also stimulates liver cell regrowth so liver tissue is replaced after liver cells have been damaged.

Oregon grape root can be made into a tea that can help treat liver problems by steeping one to two teaspoons of dried or four tablespoons of fresh chopped Oregon grape root in one cup of boiling water for 10 minutes, then straining the tea. Drink three cups per day to use as an herbal treatment for liver health or drink it during flare-ups to reduce symptoms. It’s also possible to make extracts and tinctures from the roots of Oregon grapes, but these products are hard to find in stores.

Conclusion:

Some liver herbs are more effective than others. For example, milk thistle is one of the most potent liver cleansing agents known to man and it can be found in many liver support supplements. This herb has been used for centuries as an herbal medicine treatment for liver disease, chronic liver inflammation, acute viral hepatitis, or other liver-related disorders that affect bile production. You may also consider adding turmeric to your diet because this spice contains curcumin which helps detoxify the body by promoting healthy digestion and absorption of nutrients from food sources while supporting a healthy immune system.

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