The Eclectic Physician
Natural Health Care
by Beth Burch N.D.
Vitally important for good health is proper liver function. The liver is
responsible for processing all of our food intake, metabolizing hormones
and detoxifying toxins produced inside the body and those from our food
and environment. Optimal function of the liver will protect against carcinogenic
substances, enhance immune function, give the body optimal nutrition, prevent
relative estrogen excess associated with a number of female reproductive
diseases, prevent inflammatory and autoimmune disorders, decrease headaches,
fatigue and skin problems.
The liver requires adequate levels of vitamins, minerals and sulfur
containing amino acids to accomplish its work. Specific foods which help
protect the liver from damage and enhance its function include high sulfur
foods such as garlic, onions, eggs and legumes; high water soluble fiber
foods like pears, apples, oats and legumes; the cabbage family, and specific
liver foods like artichoke, beets, carrots, and spices including tumeric
and cinnamon. Lipotropic factors like choline, betaine and methionine improve
liver function through the improvement of the flow of bile and fats.
Of course, to decrease the work the liver has to do, avoid exposure
to toxins such as food additives, solvents, pesticides, herbicides, other
toxic chemicals, alcohol and medications including over the counter pain
Herb of choice-
ability to protect the liver from damage due to its powerful antioxidant,
silymarin. Animal studies have demonstrated its ability to protect the
liver from very toxic chemicals. Silymarin is even able to protect the
liver from the toxin of the poisonous amanita mushroom. Silymarin is even
effective in the treatment of a number of liver diseases including cirrhosis,
fatty liver, and hepatitis.
Standardized extract (70-80% silymarin)- 100-200 mg three times a day.
Other herbs- Dandelion,
Burdock, Ginger, schisandra, licorice
* The information presented in this web site is intended to inform and educate.
It is not intended replace a qualified medical practitioner to diagnose or treat medical conditions.