Let’s start by talking about the liver! Its one of our vital organs and one that fulfills a vast number of functions.
It produces chemicals that aid in digestion such as bile, it produces albumin for blood, it produces IGF-1, it plays a main role in protein and amino acid synthesis as well as the synthesis of glucose the body's main energy source.
There is more. . .
The liver is the detoxification power house of the body this is where any toxic substances are broken down or modified to be excreted. This is also were ammonia is converted to urea.
The liver also acts as storage for a number of substances such as vitamins and glucose in its un-synthesised form of glycogen.
As well as making enzymes and proteins which are responsible for most chemical reactions in the body, for example those involved in blood clotting and the repair of damaged tissues.
All of this and more the liver actually fulfils over 500 functions.
So we can see from this that the liver is one of the most important organs in our body in fact it supports in some way or form almost all the other organs in the body.
Due to this, damage of the liver can cause a knock on effect to the rest of the body due to its wide array of functions.
It’s susceptible to disease and infections however the most common causes of damage arise from alcohol consumption and drug damage such as methylated compounds but also generic drugs such as paracetamol can cause damage.
However even with these external factors that can cause damage to the liver such as alcohol and drugs which we all consume a few pints and a few paracetamol are not an un common occurrence for most at the weekend we still manage to survive the liver doesn't shut down and we get on with normal life no damage done.... right?
The liver has the amazing ability to regenerate itself and is the only internal organ within our body that can do this. Up to 75% of the liver tissue can be damaged and the liver can still function and regenerate into a full liver given the right environment and time.
So knowing this how can we assist our liver and its functions?
Don't drink alcohol don't expose it to harmful compounds such as pro hormones ... that is an option.
Or we could look at the bigger picture the liver as said above has the great capacity to regenerate and slight interferences such as minor damage don't overly effect the livers overall function until extensive damage is caused.
Think of it as a car that is running low on oil it still drives it still can achieve 70 mph it can still stop but when it passes that threshold of extremely low engine oil damage occurs and normal function is affected it will still drive but there is going to be some problems and eventually it will fail.
So we know the liver can regenerate itself after damage is done but how can we assist this recovery?
Ask most people and the first thing that comes to mind is milk thistle.
This has long been recognised for its ability to prevent and assist in the repair of liver damage and is increasingly been backed up by modern day research.
Not only is it an extremely effective combatant of toxins but it has also being shown to increase the synthesis of proteins thus speeding up recovery.
So you think that milk thistle alone is your only option?
By combining a number of different ingredients all with there own liver protecting, repairing and liver function enhancing properties a much better level of liver support is achieved rather than using milk thistle alone which although effective as a single product does not cover all angles of liver support.
So whether you are a regular consumer of alcohol, you are planning on a course of pro-hormones toxic to the liver or are generally concerned about your overall liver health these are all ingredients that can be used to support your liver health and its functions.
Let’s look at other ingredients….
N-Acetyl Cysteine - This is another supreme ingredient in terms of liver care, with very strong antioxidant properties and in turn the ability quashes the negative effects of ‘free radicals’ in the organs, namely the liver; Studies also have demonstrated that N-Acetyl Cysteine displays the ability to boost the body’s immune function.
Turmeric (95% Curcuminoids) - Turmeric is a very popular ingredient when looking to improve your immune system’s strength and increase the antioxidant levels in your blood. The active ingredient within Turmeric, Curcumin is responsible for improving digestion, overall healthy and antioxidant levels.
Bupleurum Root extract - This ingredient is essential in any liver supplement; Bupleurum root extract is used in many medicines to treat several differing diseases of the liver and also displays the ability to increase the rate of protein synthesis within the liver thus yielding much better recovery.
Dandelion Root 4:1 - Dandelion root is known for its ability to enhance the blood flow in the kidneys and liver and act as a general cleanser for the liver. Dandelion Root’s powerful combination of vital vitamins including A,B, C and D as well as vital minerals including potassium, iron, zinc and iron means that it has the ability to cleanse both the liver and kidneys.
Artichoke Extract - This is a much sought after antioxidant which can also enhance the rate of digestion making nutrient absorption easier and increasing the body’s ability to utilize food as well as easing the strain on the liver during the digestion process; Increases in the production of bile in the liver is also a positive effect of Artichoke extract enhancing liver health and/or regeneration.
Schizandra Fruit - Schizandra fruit is able to promote the detoxification of the liver whilst also enhancing the overall function of the liver due to it being enriched with vital vitamins and minerals that are desirable in assisting the livers functionality.
White Peony - Finally, this ingredient is a great antioxidant which can also help sooth aches and pains in the liver. This is ideal for athletes on high protein diets or athletes using advanced supplementation or for anyone who is exposes the liver to alcohol or other harsh toxins which can cause additional stress on the liver.
Thanks for reading, here's to a healthy liver.
All these ingredients work synergistically to provide optimum levels of effectiveness ensuring a safeguard for the liver, from toxins and aiding in regeneration when exposure to toxins has occurred whilst also support immune system functionality and improve general health and wellbeing.
Where can you find all these ingredients?
Anabolic Designs presents Livermilk, an advanced liver detoxification and regeneration supplement. Combining all of the ingredients listed above.