Liver Cleanse

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Research

Herbs that are historically beneficial to the liver and healthy liver function.

Dandelion Root: 

  • Hypolipidemic and Antioxidant Effects of Dandelion (Is a study that asks what effects Dandelion has on fatty acids {cholesterol})
    • "Recent reports have indicated that excessive oxidative stress contributes to the development of atherosclerosis-linked metabolic syndrome." (Environmental toxins contribute to atherosclerosis {hardening of the arteries}.
    • "These results suggest that... Dandelion is beneficial in preventing hypercholesterolemic atherosclerosis (hardining of the arteries from too much cholesterol) and reducing risk factors for coronary artery disease."
      • The liver produces cholesterol and sometimes is overburdened with other filtering/ cleansing tasks. Cholesterol buildup may be a result of a liver that isn't functioning properly.
      • Dandelion appears to help improve liver function.
  • Traditionally dandelion has been used as a diuretic for centuries.
    • One of the liver functions is to eliminate convert amonia to uric acid and expell it as urine.
      • A diuretic like dandelion aids in that process.
  • It has been used for centuries to treat jaundice, the yellowing of the skin that occurs as a result of a seriously malfunctioning liver.
  • Dandelion is a storehouse of nutrition.
    • It is a natural source of sodium, calcium and potassium.
    • It also contains iron, phosphorus, nickel, copper, and zinc.  
    • Dandelions have 7,000 units of vitamin A per ounce, besides a lot of the vitamins B, C, E and some G. All of these are a necessity in maintaining a healthy liver.

Milk Thistle:

  • Milk thistle (Silybum marianum) has been used traditionally for over 2,000 years as an herbal remedy for a variety of ailments, particularly liver, kidney, and gall bladder problems. .
  • Scientific studies suggest that substances in milk thistle (especially a flavonoid called silymarin) protect the liver from toxins, including certain drugs, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), which can cause liver damage in high doses. University of Maryland Medical
  • Silymarin is the main active ingredient in milk thistle. Silymarin is both an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. WebMD
  • Silymarin has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. And it may help the liver repair itself by growing new cell
    • *Asghar Z, Masood Z. Evaluation of antioxidant properties of silymarin and its potential to inhibit peroxyl radicals in vitro. Pak J Pharm Sci. 2008;21(3):249-254. * Wu JW, Lin LC, Tsai TH. Drug-drug interactions of silymarin on the perspective of pharmacokinetics. J Ehtnopharmacol. 2009;121(2):185-193 University of (Maryland Medical Report)
Cleavers:
  • Herbalists classify Cleavers as an anti-spasmodic. It seems to be effective on the urinary and digestive tracts, making it an effective treatment for irritable bowel syndrome and interstitial cystitis.
  • Cleavers is widely used by Western herbalists to treat edema and other forms of swelling due to its stimulating effect on the lymphatic system, which is responsible for clearing extracellular waste from the body.
    • Since the lymphatic system and the liver are so closely related it could be assumed that it would be as good for the liver as it is for the lymph glands.
  • In Traditional Chinese Medicine cleavers are used to disperse stagnancy and inflammation and for urinary problems.
  • Other traditional uses of Cleavers are as a blood cleanser that purifies and detoxifies the blood. It is also considered to be an astringent (tightens or shrinks mucous membranes) and an antiseptic (kills germs and harmful bacteria). It is said to treat skin irritation, inflammation, wounds and burns because of these properties.
Barberry Bark:
  • Barberry Bark has a well known constituent called berberine. Barberry is a plant that’s been used for over 2,500 years for its medicinal properties.
  • Many studies have pointed out that the berberine contained within barberry has significant antibacterial, antifungal and antiprotozoal abilities. (NIH Study Link)
  • Barberry can be an effective liver cleanse and gallbladder flush agent. Berberine also aids in the secretion of bile, acts as a mild laxative and helps regulate the digestive processes. (NIH Study Link)

The studies sited above are for informational purposes only. They do not reflect or relate to the performance or purpose of any products that contain similar materials.

Health Information

What is the Liver and what does it do?
Your liver is the human body’s largest solid organ. It weighs around 3 pounds in an average adult and is roughly the size of a football. This organ is vital to the body’s metabolic functions and immune system. As with most of the other major organs its function is vital to life itself.

Liver Functions:

  • The liver regulates most chemical levels in the blood and excretes a product called bile.
    • Bile helps to break down fats, preparing them for further digestion and absorption.
  • The liver processes blood. It breaks down, balances, and creates nutrients for the body to use.
  • The liver produces of certain proteins for blood plasma.
  • The liver produces cholesterol and special proteins to help carry fats through the body.
  • The liver stores and release glucose as needed.
  • The liver processes hemoglobin for use of its iron content.
    • The liver stores iron.
  • The liver converts harmful ammonia to urea.
    • Urea is one of the end products of protein metabolism that is excreted in the urine.
  • The liver clears and cleanses blood of drugs and other harmful substances.
  • It regulates blood clotting
  • The liver defends against infections by producing immune factors and removing bacteria from the bloodstream.
  • It clears bilirubin.
    • If there is a buildup of bilirubin, the skin and eyes turn yellow. This is referred to as jaundice.

To sum it up, the liver is your toxic waste disposal plant, blood cleanser, digestive aid, and chemical balancer. Health and well being would be impossible without the liver functioning properly.


What are some of the health issues that can exist in the liver?
  • Cirrhosis
    • This is a disease that is caused by many things. One of which is the consumption of alcohol. Other causes are hepatitis B and C. 
    • Cirrhosis of the liver is charactorized as scar tissue buildup in the liver. Scar tissue blocks healthy portions of the liver from being able to function. Cirrhosis is not reversable but if cought early and the cause is treated properly, liver function can resume.
  • Hepatitis - Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver. The condition can be self-limiting or can progress to fibrosis (scarring), cirrhosis or liver cancer. Hepatitis viruses are the most common cause of hepatitis in the world but other infections, toxic substances (e.g. alcohol, certain drugs), and autoimmune diseases can also cause hepatitis.
  • There are multiple types of hepatitis.
    • Autoimmune hepatitis - This condition causes the body’s immune system to attack itself and destroy healthy liver tissue. Autoimmune hepatitis can lead to cirrhosis and other liver damage.
    • Hepatitis A - (HAV) This condition is more common in developing countries that lack clean drinking water and have poor sanitation systems. HAV is present in the feces of infected persons and is most often transmitted through consumption of contaminated water or food. Infections are in many cases mild, with most people making a full recovery and remaining immune from further HAV infections.
    • Hepatitis B - (HBV) is transmitted through exposure to infective blood, semen, and other body fluids. HBV can be transmitted from infected mothers to infants at the time of birth or from family member to infant in early childhood. Sharing needles or accidental exposure to an infected person by a health care person are also ways to transmit this disease. Safe and effective vaccines are available to prevent HBV.
    • Hepatitis C - (HCV) is mostly transmitted through exposure to infective blood. This may happen through transfusions of HCV-contaminated blood and blood products, contaminated injections during medical procedures, and through injection drug use. Sexual transmission is also possible, but is much less common. There is no vaccine for HCV.
These diseases are serious and if you suspect that you have been exposed to them you should immediately consult a professional health care provider. These diseases fall well outside of the capabilities of traditional medicine. That being said it is still important to maintain the healthiest practices for a properly functioning liver.

The liver has the remarkable ability to restore itself. Diets rich in antioxidants and low in fats and chemical toxicity promote the rejuvenation and return of the healthy function of the liver. Green leafy vegetables are foods that are rich in beta-carotene and vitamins C and E. They are particularly healing to the liver.

Ingredients

  • Dandelion (root), Barberry (bark), Milk Thistle (seed), Plantain (leaf), Burdock (root), Oregon Grape (root), Yarrow (herb), Cleavers (herb), Uva Ursi (leaf), Blue Flag (root), Beet (root)
Grandma’s Herbs LIVER formula works well when used along with our KIDNEY formula. They work together synergisticly for optimal health and well being.

Instructions

  • 2 Capsules morning and night. 1 hour after meals when possible.

What's included

  • 1 Bottle of Grandma's Herbs LIVER
    • 100 Capsules

Features

  • This herbal remedy aids in cleansing and promoting a healthy liver function.
  • Herbs like Dandelion Root, Milk Thistle and Oregon Grape contribute to this formula.
  • Maintaining a healthy liver is important to overall health!
  • Grandma's Herbs LIVER is one of the oldest and best formulas Grandma's Herbs produces.

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What a wonderful Cleanse

Who would have thought that I could feel the difference after I did a Liver Cleanse but I did. I've been told that my eyes are brighter now. Not sure what that means but I'll take the compliments.
Reviewed by newnurse
10/10/2018 - 06:04:51 PM