Liver Tonic: Do They Work?

Liver Tonic: Do They Work?

There are many different liver tonics available in the market today. Do they really work? While some nutrients do help in supporting your liver functions such as vitamin B complex, C, E, selenium, zinc, phytonutrients and amino acids (taurine, cysteine, glycine, glutamine, glutathione etc.). However, some herbal ingredients found in certain liver tonics like milk thistle, dandelion, turmeric etc. have yet to receive solid evidence from clinical trials to promote routine clinical use.

 

Milk thistle (silymarin)

A flowering herb to the daisy family

Acts as an antioxidant and reduces inflammation

A recent study found that silymarin was effective in reducing liver damage but has no effect on viral load in  in patients with chronic hepatitis C. [1]

Dandelion 

A perennial herb with sun-yellow flower head

Contains vitamin C and antioxidants (beta-carotene) to protect cells against oxidative stress

A laboratory study showed that Dandelion leaves extract potentially inhibited Hepatitis C viral growth. [2]

Artichoke

Edible thistle of a perennial herb with blue-to-purple florets

Artichoke Leave Extract (ALE) contains phenolic constituents [3] (e.g. flavonoids and caffeoylquinic acids) which act as antioxidants

A study found that ALE was not effective to lower  liver enzymes levels in patients with chronic hepatitis C. [4]

Wheatgrass

Sprouts of wheat grains

Contain chlorophyll that assist to increase the activity of liver enzymes 

An In-vitro study noted that extract from wheat sprout reacts with the carcinogens (substances that can cause cancer) to produce harmless by-products [5]

Turmeric

(Curcumin)

An orange-yellow spice derived from the rhizomes of Curcuma species, same to the ginger family

Curcumin in turmeric may help to reduce inflammation and possess anti-tumour properties

A study found that curcumin alone or in combination with cancer drugs suppresses cell growth and promote cell death in human liver cancer cells. [6]

Liquorice

(Glycyrrhizin) 

Root of plant Glycyrrhiza glabra 

Glycyrrhizin possess anti-viral and anti-inflammatory activity

Injected glycyrrhizin binds to liver cells and modify the expression of hepatitis B virus on liver cells. [7]

Precaution: Please consult your pharmacist/doctor before taking any liver supplements.

 

References:

[1]  Fried MW et al. 2012. JAMA 308(3): 274-282.

[2] Rehman S et al. 2016. Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy 83:881-891.

[3] Wittemer SM et al. 2005. Phytomedicine 12(1):28-38.

[4] Huber R et al. 2009. Phytomedicine 16(9):801-804.

[5] Lai CN et al. 1978. Nutrition & Cancer 1(1):27-30.

[6] Notarbartolo M et al. 2005. Cancer Letters 224(1):53-65.

[7] Sato H et al. 1996. Antiviral Research 30(2-3):171-177.

Is Biogreen Organic Green Balance beneficial for liver? YES!

 

 
 

• Biogreen Organic Green Balance Powder is made from organic barley grass and organic wheatgrass, is high in dietary fibre and packed with 120 types of nutrients including vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll and active enzymes.

• The active enzymes such as protease or amylase and etc. may assist in the digestion, conversion, utilization of nutrients or detoxification of liver.

• Wheatgrass contains superoxide dismutase, an enzyme that scavenges free radicals, protecting liver cells against damage by free radicals.

Suggested Consumption Method: Mix 1 teaspoon (2g) Green Balance with 200ml warm water (avoid hot water), twice a day, can also be added into soya milk, oatmilk or juice, or sprinkle on rice, pasta, dishes, soups, salad and etc.

 

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