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About Liver Supplements

The liver is the largest internal organ of the body and is located just up and under the right side of the rib cage. The liver performs a host of integral functions to maintain health and wellbeing, which include the removal of toxins, manufacture of bile, synthesis of cholesterol and the conversion of glycerol to glucose, to name a few. In medicine, the first-pass effect refers to the fact that anything ingested via the mouth, and absorbed, will pass through the liver first, as it performs its filtering activities. Therefore, all medications need to take the first-pass effect into consideration.  

Due to the fact that the liver has such a high workload, it needs optimal nutritional support. Unfortunately, some of the macronutrients that we like to consume can directly and negatively impact liver function, which are alcohol and fructose. A recent review of the evidence, published in Nutrients in 2017, indicated that a high fructose consumption is linked to elevated blood triglycerides, hepatic insulin resistance, increased uric acid and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. These may contribute to the development of cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes, gout and liver complications. Fortunately, not all fructose needs to be cut from the diet in order to keep the liver healthy, as this sugar is naturally found in honey and fruits. It is more the added fructose in processed foods, such as corn syrup and pure fructose, that should be avoided.  

Minimising alcohol, or avoiding it entirely, is important when the liver is given some extra support. However, probably the safest option, and in moderation for those with healthy livers, is an organic red pinot noir wine. This is actually the wine with the highest resveratrol content, an antioxidant that supports mitochondrial health and energy synthesis. 

Some of the most common herbal medicines and nutrients used to support liver function are St Mary's Thistle, Dandelion Root, Taurine and Choline. Interestingly, taurine and choline are constituents of tauroglycocholic acid, an important part of bile. The bile manufactured by the liver is stored and concentrated to ten times the potency in the gallbladder, and ejected into the intestines to emulsify fats—the first phase in fat digestion. If the gallbladder is removed through surgery, fat digestion is negatively impacted, and one must therefore be aware of their essential fatty acid status, especially the omega 3 fatty acids (linolenic acid, EPA, DHA), and the fat soluble vitamins, which are vitamins A, D, E and K (K1 and K2).

Choline is also important as a constituent of phosphatidylcholine, a phospholipid located in the hepatocyte (liver cell) cell membrane. This is actually the site of many liver detoxification enzymes are located. In fact, phosphatidylcholine has been clinically trialled for decades in animals and humans, and shown to be safe and effective in supporting liver regeneration. Though it has traditionally been extracted from egg yolks, many of the new products are derived from sunflower seeds. 

There is a lot that can be done to improve the health of the liver. St Mary's Thistle is a powerful liver protectant, which also helps to improve its detoxifying ability. Most of the detoxification processes of the entire body are undertaken in the liver, where it packages up chemicals and other unrequired substances and prepares them for exit via the kidneys or the bowel.

The liver is an incredible organ, that participates as much as any in keeping us healthy. Fortunately, it has the ability to regenerate.