Heal Your Liver Naturally: Supplements to Detoxify and Restore a Damaged Liver

Health Supplments In our article Liver for Life: How to Protect and Improve Your Liver Health and Function, we provided a detailed review of liver diseases and symptoms of poor liver function. We described the effects of medication and alcohol on the liver, and provided a number of nutritional and other guidelines on how to maintain a healthy liver. We also described some herbs and nutrients that can be helpful in treating liver disease.

Here we would like to share a number of powerful liver support supplements with our readers based on our research and experience. We have selected these products not only for their efficacy based on established evidence, but also for the effectiveness of their combinations of ingredients, and the reputations and credibility of the companies that produce them. The products are divided into three categories:

1. Detoxification Supplements

2. Other Combination Supplements

3. Single Supplements

FOCUS ON DETOXIFICATION:

A company that has truly impressed us with its wide range of remarkable products for personal health empowerment is Forrest Health. The company was founded by Dr. Stephen Forrest, whose training is in a variety of holistic health care disciplines: chiropractic; nutrition; integrative health care; complex homeopathy; and herbology. Dr. Forrest is also available for personal consultations.

Specific products that we would recommend for liver detoxification, which is the first vital step in healing a damaged liver, are described below. Our readers can select from amongst these products depending upon their specific conditions and needs.

1. LiverLife:

LiverLife
LiverLife

This product is a powerful detoxifier not only for the liver but also for the kidneys, which should also be co-treated for safe and effective detoxification and cleansing. LiverLife is both a draining and a restorative liver formula with added antioxidant impacts.

This formula contains potent ingredients such as agaricus blazei; red root; milk thistle; olive leaf extract; reishi; maitake; and coriolus versicolor.

Its many benefits include: draining acidic waste through urine and restoring a healthy ph; removing toxic residue in the liver from medication; decongesting the liver and kidneys; normalizing liver enzymes and restoring healthy liver function; improving nutrient assimilation, digestion, and bowel function; improving metabolism and food tolerance; decreasing allergies and inhibiting histamine production; strengthening immunity; and anti-inflammation, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial actions.

2. Liver Support & Detoxification:

Liver Support & Detoxification 60 caps
Liver Support & Detoxification 60 caps


This product is an effective combination of nutrients and phytochemicals that are known to stimulate liver function with a special focus on detoxification. It is considered to be appropriate for all individuals suffering from toxic overload and should be included within a detoxification program.

The ingredients contained in this formula include: choline bitartrate and inositol, which regulate fat metabolism in the liver and prevent fatty liver in alcoholic or toxin-loaded individuals; limonene; milk thistle seed; silymarin and indole-3-carbinol, both of which have intense antioxidant properties; turmeric; licorice root; calcium glucarate which accelerates excretion; Biotin; and the amino acids L-methionine and L-glycine, which have hepato-protective properties and are used in the treatment of liver disorders.

3. Ichol:

Ichol - 90 tabs
Ichol – 90 tabs


A third important detoxifying product from Forrest Health which we would recommend is Ichol. It consists of a combination of lipotropic (fat breakdown) factors along with a selection of synergistic herbs that can regulate fat metabolism, remove toxins and metabolic wastes, and provide optimal nutritional support for the liver and gall bladder.

Product ingredients include: choline, inositol, L-Methionine, beet (known to detoxify and decongest the liver), dandelion (a leading herb for the liver and digestive system); green tea (which has hepato-protective properties), and celandine, which is considered to be an effective detoxifier and to help with liver problems.

Ichol is indicated for a variety of conditions such as: constipation; hypercholesterolemia; kidney and gall stones; gout, fatty liver degeneration; jaundice and hepatitis; duodenal ulcers; acne; as well as symptoms associated with endometriosis, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and menopause; arteriosclerosis; and both hypertension and hypotension.

4. LivAmend:

A final product that we would recommend under the specific category of detoxification is LivAmend, which is produced by Body Ecology, a well reputed company with proven credentials, LivAmend is a natural liver cleanse which helps to decongest the liver and support liver health by increasing bile flow and improving bowel elimination.

LivAmend contains herbal and nutritional products such as artichoke extract and sarsaparilla extract, which studies have shown is an extremely effective combination for detoxifying and normalizing the liver, decreasing degenerative damage associated with cirrhosis, and preventing further damage due to toxins such as alcohol and environmental poisons. Other ingredients in this formula include wasabi powder, which helps to detoxify and decongest the liver; and milk thistle extract, a highly regarded liver tonic and potent antioxidant.

In addition to LivAmend, Body Ecology offers a number of other powerful supplements and healthy diet programs, including their flagship product: the Body Ecology Core Program based on four foundational keys for achieving optimal health: increasing energy; holistic cleansing; correcting digestion; and conquering infection.

MORE COMBINATION SUPPLEMENTS FOR THE LIVER:

Some further combination supplements that help to nourish and strengthen the liver are described below:

1. Liver Kidney Formula:

One product that we would strongly recommend based on our own experience is Organic India’s Liver Kidney Formula. This product nourishes, supports, and rejuvenates both the liver and kidneys, which work together to reduce toxicity, cleanse the blood, and regulate fat metabolism.

Liver Kidney Formula is a combination of three well-known and highly regarded Ayurvedic herbs with proven efficacy in the treatment of kidney failure, removal of kidney stones, jaundice and all forms of hepatitis, and cirrhosis of the liver. These three herbs which are: Phyllanthus neruri (Bhumi Amalaki), also known as the “stone breaker”, which has numerous health benefits; Picrorrhiza kurroa (Katuki), a rare high Himalayan herb that is considered one of the best liver herbs and a broad range adaptogen; and Boerrhaavia diffusa (Punarnava), which means “to make new again”, referring to its ability to “regrow” deep organ function.

In cases of liver disease, the herbs contained in the Liver Kidney Formula help to regulate and normalize liver function by providing biochemical support and regenerative stimuli for liver enzymes without unwanted side effects.  They assist in deep detoxification of organs and optimization of their functions.

2. Liver Dr.:

Liver Dr. is a pure herbal product offered by Native Remedies, a leading manufacturer of herbal and homeopathic remedies. We have tried several of their products and found them to be safe and effective.

Get more info on Liver Dr. to improve functioning of the liver and promote health

This formula supports healthy liver function and apart from its beneficial effects on the liver, improves overall systemic health. It facilitates the liver in breaking down fat and also supports gall bladder health and function.

The ingredients contained in Liver Dr include two of the best known herbs for liver health: dandelion and milk thistle along with vervain, which is traditionally recommended as a liver tonic but also has a number of other health-promoting properties.


3. Liver Balance Plus:

Liver Balance Plus is a proprietary blend of roots, leaves and fruit composed of 8 Chinese herbs and 5 Western herbs and offered by one of our favorite stores, Good Health USA, whose products take up considerable space on our shelves! This powerful and unique herbal blend helps to cleanse, detoxify, and rebuild the liver, and to support the whole body. It is especially efficacious when used along with Kidney Rescue, a powerful kidney cleansing formula which also supports the adrenals, reproductive system, lymphatic system, joints and ligaments, and healthy blood pressure.

Liver Balance Plus promotes proper gland function and thus benefits not just the liver but also the reproductive system, as well as connective tissues and joints. It helps to create emotional balance, and is particularly useful during times of stress.

The ingredient in Liver Balance Plus include: Bupleurum root; Tribulus Terrestris; Atractylodes root; ginger root; licorice root; Hyssop leaf; Chamaelirum Luteum root; Dong Quai; Dandelion root; Peony root; Poria Cocus root; Chinese Mint leaf; and Cayenne Leaf.

SINGLE NUTRIENTS:

In addition to the excellent supplement combinations described above, we would recommend some single item products, available at Good Health USA, which are known to be potent and effective liver aids.

1. Curcumin X4000:

As we described in our article Liver for Life, curcumin is a powerful aid for the liver. It plays a protective role and can help with a variety of conditions such as liver damage and disorders, including hepatitis, jaundice, and cirrhosis; gallbladder problems; digestive problems; pain and inflammation; and eye problems and cataracts. Curcumin is also well known for its anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal qualities and is widely used as a cancer-fighter. You can learn more about this remarkable herb by reading our article: Rooting for Health: The Healing and Protective Powers of Turmeric.

Curcumin X4000, which is offered by Good Health, is a patented complex, which stands out as a unique high utilization curcumin formulation with superior absorption and bioavailability qualities. A recent study demonstrated that 450 mg. of Curcumin X4000 delivered the equivalent benefits of 4000 mg. of ordinary Curcumin 95% capsules. Utilization of Curcumin X4000 capsules was found to be 20 to 45 times better than the ordinary capsules.

2. Alpha Lipoic Acid R:

Alpha Lipoic Acid is a key nutrient for many organ systems and a powerful antioxidant. It can help with many health conditions, which apart from liver disease, include: coronary heart disease; high blood pressure; diabetes (regulating blood sugar levels); peripheral neuropathy; metabolic syndrome; impaired brain function (including strokes and Alzheimer’s Disease); metastatic pancreatic cancer (it optimizes pancreatic function); aging effects; and glaucoma and cataracts. It also boosts immunity and the effectiveness of other supplements by improving their absorption.

The particular brand that we would recommend is Good Health’s Alpha Lipoic Acid R (ALA R) because it is significantly more bioavailable than the ordinary unstabilized “free acid” form of R-Lipoic Acid (ALA). A preliminary trial showed plasma concentrations of ALA R that were 40 times higher than that of unstabilized ALA. Further ALA R does not cause symptoms such as heartburn, stomach discomfort, and indigestion, which sometimes occur with unstabilized ALA.

3. SAM-e Plus:

SAM-e (S-adenosylmethionine) is a substance produced in our bodies which plays an essential part in almost all body processes. Specifically for the liver, it is known as a super-nutrient, which is used to prevent and treat liver diseases, including cancer. SAM-e is critically involved in liver biochemistry and plays a leading role in the regeneration of its cells and the normalization of its functions. Importantly, it is integrally involved in the synthesis of glutathione, which is the liver’s natural antioxidant and crucial for its function. Apart from its role in maintaining a healthy liver, SAM-e helps to produce dopamine and serotonin. It is thus a mood optimizer that can help with stress and depression and with Alzheimer’s. It can further alleviate chronic fatigue and helps to maintain healthy joints and ligaments.

Good Health’s SAM-e Plus is an especially potent SAM-e formula because of its stability and delayed release encapsulation, which resists stomach acids and allows for full absorption in the blood on reaching the small intestine. Sam-e Plus also contains additional valuable ingredients – magnesium, 5-htp, milk thistle complex, and chamomile flower extract, giving it extra efficacy in treating both liver disease as well as stress and depression.


4. Krill Miracle:

A final set of products that we would recommend for liver healing are those that are rich in essential fatty acids.  It has been well established that essential fatty acids play an integral role in maintaining vital organ function and normal tissue, especially of the liver and brain. Supplementation of these important nutrients is particularly important in the case of liver damage due to alcohol, which has a negative impact on their metabolism, and can, along with abstinence from alcohol, lead to considerable improvements in cognitive function and liver enzyme levels.

Good Health’s Krill Miracle contains one of the highest concentrations of Omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids of any product available – considerably higher levels than fish oil. Krill Miracle’s ultra-pure Omega fatty acids provide for balanced fatty acid nutrition that is essential for a wide range of critical body functions such as normal immune function; cardiovascular health; joint mobility; brain function; and skin health, apart from healthy liver function.

For those who would prefer a plant-based source of Omega fatty acids, you can read more about sea buckthorn, which is also a very rich source of these nutrients at our page: Sea Buckthorn: A True Super Food.

We do hope that our selection of “liver healers” is helpful and would love to receive comments from our readers on their experiences should they choose to try them.

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