Find out more about how Milk Thistle works. The effective ingredient is sylmarin, and you need enough of a dose for it to have an impact. Read more here: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/138.html
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Cut down on the alcohol, salt, caffeine, tobacco, medication, sugar, and fat and stock up on these goodies. Your liver will love you.
Essential Vitamins and Minerals
Vitamins C and E and minerals zinc and selenium are ‘antioxidants’ shown to aid liver healing. Sources include carrots, tomatoes, peppers, watercress, citrus fruits, berries, wholegrains seeds and oils.
B vitamins and choline are found in egg yolks, liver, legumes and brewer’s yeast and can help liver function. Make sure your diet contains plenty of green leafy veg rich in folic acid, wholegrains and shellfish rich in vitamin B6, and vitamin B12 foods such as fortified cereals, seafood and seaweed.
Members of the cabbage family have been shown to activate the liver’s cytochrome P450 detoxification process and glutathione conjugation. In plain English – a process that converts fat-soluble toxins into water-soluble ones, more easy for your body to get rid of.
Try include broccoli, cauliflower, kale, mustard greens, radish, brussel sprouts and cabbage in your diet.
Sulphur rich foods.
Garlic, onions, eggs and legumes are rich in sulphur. They can enhance the sulphuration detoxification process performed by the liver.
You should add red fruits, berries, beetroot, and grapes to your diet, as these all help the liver to detoxify and are high in toxin fighting anthrocyanidines. Papayas and pineapple contain useful enzymes to improve digestion and lemons have a strong cleansing effect.
Milk thistle, dandelion, turmeric and liquorice have all been shown to aid liver function. Ginger is also an excellent cleanser.
The liver needs protein to repair itself, and a diet high in protein gives some people with Gilbert’s Syndrome more energy. Choose healthy alternatives to red meat such as fish, nuts, pulses and seeds as they are easier to break down and place less of a burden on your liver.
Once your liver has removed the toxins from your body, you must flush them out of your body. The only way to do this is to drink lots of water. Three pints or eight glasses a day minimum! Although you may find this no problem as some sufferers have expressed how thirsty they seem these days.