The liver performs many functions that are vital to life. It plays an important role in processing digested food from the intestine, regulating blood sugar, storing many essential vitamins and minerals, and various immunological functions. In fact the liver plays a key role in most metabolic processes, most especially detoxification - getting rid of foreign substances or toxins, particularly from the gut.
Toxins are ingested from many sources – industrial chemicals, food additives, drugs, alcohol, as well as the natural waste products of metabolism, used hormones, etc. Add to this the toxins produced by pathogens and particularly candida; and your liver can become overwhelmed. .
One of the liver's primary functions is filtering the blood. This is absolutely critical as the blood from the intestines contains high levels of bacteria and various toxic substances. When working properly, the liver clears around 99% of the bacteria and toxins during the first pass. However, when the liver is damaged the passage of toxins increases, toxins then re-circulate and accumulate.
The liver detoxifies these harmful substances by a complex series of chemical reactions. The role of these various enzyme activities in the liver is to convert toxins into substances that can be excreted in the urine or the bile. This enzymatic process usually occurs in two steps: Phase I either directly neutralises a toxin, or modifies it to another form (activated intermediates) which are then neutralised by one or more of the several phase 2 enzyme systems. During this process free radicals are produced which, if excessive, can damage the liver cells. Antioxidants reduce the damage caused by these free radicals.
We particularly recommend two liver support products that work synergistically together and have specific benefits on their own. Both contain potent antioxidants :
HepaGuard Forte supports both phase 1 and 2 detoxification.
Artichoke Complex helps to regenerate damaged liver tissue, protects liver cells and promotes the production and secretion of bile.
In addition, the mineral Molybdenum is needed for the Sulphation Pathway - the conjugation of toxins with sulphur-containing compounds (one of the phase 2 systems). This is important for detoxifying several drugs, food additives, and especially - toxins from intestinal bacteria and candida.