Love Your Liver – And Detox!
January is national Love Your Liver month which is quite suitable after the stress many livers have been put through during the Christmas holidays and New Year’s celebrations that usually involve a lot of alcohol and fatty foods that are not the best for your health.
Too much of these kinds of indulgences can cause fatty liver disease and even without alcohol you can get something called non-alcoholic fatty liver disease — according to the NHS, about 25-30% of Brits have it. The non-alcoholic version is caused by eating too much fatty food and unhealthy weight gain.
After weeks of celebrating and enjoying sweets, treats and foods high in unhealthy fats, it’s a good idea to think about your liver’s health — and your health in general, too.
The more obvious things you can do are to reduce your fat intake and keep your BMI healthy but it’s also worth including certain nutrients in your diet. Research shows that certain nutrients are especially good for different organs and some that may help the liver’s detoxification process are:
- Green tea may help to stimulate the liver’s metabolism and its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties may help to prevent the build-up of fats in the liver.
- Lycopene is naturally found in tomatoes and people with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease have been shown to have significantly reduced lycopene levels in their blood, suggesting that a low level of lycopene in the body may aid liver disease progression.
- Vitamin E in high doses is useful in reducing the fat content of the liver. People with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease have been found to have reduced blood levels of vitamin E, so their vitamin E requirements are higher than those of healthy people.
- Curcumin may help prevent fatty liver progression to liver inflammation thanks to its potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. Curcumin can also influence fat controlling genes and the inflammatory response of fatty tissue.
“Addressing the overall diet and understanding the balance and benefit of nutrients and vitamins can reverse fatty liver and liver inflammation, and therefore prevent the long term consequences of this such as cirrhosis and all its problems.” — Prof. M. Caplin, Consultant Gastroenterologist
To get the large doses of these nutrients that have been proved to be beneficial, you would have to eat and drink them at every meal, every day. Of course, smaller amounts can have a positive impact on your health too, but the easiest way to ensure you are getting enough of these nutrients is to take a food supplement containing the right amounts of each nutrient.
ProfBiotics Liver is a dietary food supplement with a specific formulation of ingredients to support liver wellbeing. It combines lycopene, green tea and vitamin E with curcumin and thiamine. The formula contains the equivalent of six teaspoons of turmeric, six cooked plum tomatoes, and the same quality of polyphenols found in three cups of green tea, which some may find difficult to consume each day through diet alone.
ProfBiotics Liver costs £35.00 for a month’s supply and is available from Nutricentre, profbiotics.com or by calling 020 7193 8838.
I was sent these supplements to go with this post. As always, all my posts are 100% honest and all thoughts and opinions are my own.