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4 Herbs to Cleanse Your Liver

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4 Herbs to Cleanse Your Liver

The liver is arguably your body’s most important detoxification organ.  It helps with the digestion and metabolism of fat, and detoxifies your body of harmful pollutants, food additives, and other toxins.  Here are four herbs to help cleanse your liver:

Milk Thistle (Silybum Marianum)
The primary medicinal ingredient in milk thistle is called silymarin.  This compound protects the liver by inhibiting damaging substances in the liver that cause liver cell damage.  Silymarin also stimulates liver cell regeneration to help the liver rebuild after it has been damaged.  Silymarin also helps to prevent the depletion of the nutrient glutathione—one of the most critical nutrients for liver detoxification.

Silymarin in milk thistle seeds is not very water-soluble so does not extract well into tea.  Instead, take a standardized extract containing about 140 mg of silymarin for liver cleansing and protection.

Dandelion Root (Taraxacum Officinale)
Nature grows a liver-cleansing pharmacy every spring.  It is the dreaded weed that most people curse as it pokes its yellow-flowered head through the green of their lawn.  Dandelion is one of Mother Nature’s finest liver herbs.

The Australian Journal of Medical Herbalism cited two studies that showed the liver regenerative properties of dandelion in cases of jaundice, liver swelling, hepatitis, and indigestion.  If you choose to incorporate dandelion root into your liver cleansing efforts, take 500 to 2000 mg daily in capsules.  Alternatively, you can make a decoction by using two teaspoons of powdered dandelion root per cup of water.  Bring to a boil and simmer for fifteen minutes.  Drink one cup, three times daily.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 15-time book author and doctor of traditional natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and The Phytozyme Cure. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at WorldsHealthiestDiet.com to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.

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3:45PM PDT on May 31, 2014

Add to that list of Liver helpers -
the juice of a lemon or lime in a litre of water and drink a glass first thing in the morning and sip the rest throughout the day :)

5:59PM PDT on Apr 13, 2014

Thank you!

10:25PM PDT on Apr 8, 2014

thank you

11:09AM PST on Jan 18, 2014

Thank you for sharing.

9:07AM PST on Jan 8, 2014

Thank you Michelle and Care2 for such important information, my husband caught something traveling through the Thailand/Cambodia area many years ago by eating and drinking local street food not conditioned for. He had a wonderful time, but came home very ill, so for decades his liver enzymes have to be monitored and these above mentioned herbs "have helped", they work guys ! I hope people read and use them too.

8:02PM PST on Jan 2, 2014

Needed this article after the holidays...LOL! Thanks for sharing.

9:05AM PST on Nov 20, 2013

Lenora D. Are you referring to Arugula (Rucola)? Rucola is pretty popular in salads in the Mediterranean; the taste tends to be a tad bitter.

5:20PM PST on Nov 19, 2013

Thank you

5:15PM PDT on Oct 22, 2013

Thank you...

7:37AM PDT on Oct 21, 2013

Thanks.

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