The liver is one of the main organs responsible for purifying the blood from toxins that enter our body. It also produces bile, which helps the body to absorb carbohydrates and fats.
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However, the consumption of alcohol (or, God forbid, drugs!) in large quantities, malnutrition, as well as toxins of the environment can adversely affect the condition of this organ. In this case, a person can develop hepatitis or cirrhosis.
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If the liver doesn’t function properly, the whole body will suffer. Fortunately, its condition can be improved!
Adhering to a healthy diet with lots of vegetables and fruits rich in antioxidants can help your body do it naturally. But, if you don’t have the strength to cut down on “unhealthy” food, then you may need something else - something to trigger the detoxification process.
Here are 5 natural herbs that are successfully used to treat or restore the liver. They either act on the cells of this organ (hepatocytes), improving their condition or exert a cholagogic effect (which many people directly associate with the concept of toxins removal). And there are herbs that combine both these properties!
1. Milk thistle
When it comes to any liver disease, it is this herb that experts recommend in most cases. It effectively protects the organ, while improving its functionality. And if the liver is damaged, the thistle will help restore it.
How to use: drink one cup of milk thistle brew every day.
Another herb safe and useful for the liver is dandelion. You can drink a brew of this plant or purchase its extract. Dandelion is rich in vitamins and minerals, such as iron, zinc, and potassium. It stimulates the production of bile in the liver, while at the same time improving the condition of this organ.
How to use: include this herb in your diet. For example, you can add dandelion leaves to a salad or make an infusion from its roots.
3. Burdock root
This plant is an excellent blood purifier. Burdock root stimulates bile flow and is great for people with a weakened liver, as it is able to restore damaged cells.
How to use: pour 4 cups of boiling water over 2 ounces of dried burdock root. Drink the resulting brew throughout the day.
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This tasty spice can help if you suffer from a non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Just remember that its excess can harm you, so don’t exceed the dosage of 0.05 oz a day.
How to use: you can add a pinch of cinnamon to pastry or coffee.
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The extract of this plant has antioxidant properties that reduce the accumulation of toxins in the liver caused by prolonged use of medications.
How to use: regularly drink a cup of ginger tea or add its crushed root to the dishes. Make sure to consult a doctor beforehand!
In addition to the herbs listed above make sure that you eat healthy food: increase the consumption of vegetables, as well as seeds, fresh fruit, and whole grains.
What is also important for the liver is a nutrition regimen. For normal bile outflow, it is advisable to eat frequently and in small portions.
You also need to avoid smoking and alcohol. In addition, a number of researchers argue that consumption of natural coffee with spices facilitates the regeneration of the liver.
Note: patients with cholelithiasis (gallstones) are not recommended to use any cholagogues without first consulting a doctor, because due to the increased bile outflow a stone can destabilize and block the bile ducts.
This article is solely for informational purposes. Do not self-diagnose or self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for any harm that may result from using the information provided in the article.