Health News (Week 03 – 2013)
By Robert Redfern
This email is FOR those who did NOT abstain from rich, sweet foods and lots of carbs over the festive period!
It is NOT for those who abstained from a little more alcohol than is good for their liver. It is for the rest of us who over-indulged, it’s now time to ‘love your liver’.
We should appreciate the liver and it’s critical role in our health. It is one of the hardest working organs in the body responsible for so many jobs.
I only have space for a few of them: detoxification (inc. alcohol), regulating sugar, cholesterol production, storing essential vitamins, protein and amino acid synthesis, helping digestion, regulating red blood cells, regulating insulin and other hormones, producing anti-ageing IGF-1 factors (hopefully), and many MANY more.
You may recognise many symptoms of an overworked liver and they include:
Fatigue, acne, boils, rashes, facial or chest breakouts, anger or other overwhelming moods or emotions, bruising, swelling of abdomen/ankles/feet, dark urine, nose/sinus or chest congestion, gallbladder flare ups or issues, insomnia, restless or rough sleep, right shoulder stiffness, fuzzy or foggy vision, and headaches.
Now you see why your liver is critical and needs more than a little love!
The simplest thing to do is stop all starchy carbs, high sugar foods, high sugar drinks and alcohol of course.
In a couple of months or so it should have sorted itself out. That is one of the amazing things – that it can regenerate itself as long as we keep off the stuff that damaged it.
You will soon feel the benefits which include:
- Better memory and attention
- Healthier looking skin
- Improvement in those aching muscle
- More energy
You can help speed up this recovery with various nutrients, some of which you may already take:
Curcumin – helps an inflamed liver, aids digestion and improves bile production to clear out excess fats. To find out more how Curcumin can help your liver (and health in general) click here for a free download of my Curcumin book. Curcumin has been proven in studies (1) to help support the liver.
Alpha Lipoic Acid-R – Is natures best detox and a remarkable antioxidant which breathes new life into the vitamin(s) stores in your liver. Better still it supports glutathione, the heavyweight champion of antioxidants. ALA-R has been proven in studies (2) to help support the liver.
Liver Balance Formula – Is the ‘ultimate’ botanical support for your liver.
SAM-e Plus – is a completely natural product and has the added benefits of magnesium, 5-htp, milk thistle extract and chamomile flower extract. In case of liver disorders it takes care of a faster destruction and elimination of the toxins. SAM-e supports the repair of cells.
If you have any questions about your liver, these products or just your health in general feel free to contact me at the top. Here your question will come to me directly and I will answer in the strictest of confidence.
Look after your liver!
There are many studies for these ingredients but here are just a few references…..
CURCUMIN (1) Pharmacological actions of curcumin in liver diseases or damage.Rivera-Espinoza Y, Muriel P. Departamento de Graduados e Investigación en Alimentos, Escuela Nacional de Ciencias Biológicas, Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Carpio y Plan de Ayala, México City, México. The pharmacological properties of curcumin were reviewed recently and focused mainly on its anticancer properties. However, its beneficial activity on liver diseases (known centuries ago, and demonstrated recently utilizing animal models) has not being reviewed in depth until now. The curcumin ability to inhibit several factors like nuclear factor-kappaB, which modulates several pro-inflammatory and profibrotic cytokines as well as its anti-oxidant properties, provide a rational molecular basis to use it in hepatic disorders. Curcumin attenuates liver injury induced by ethanol, thioacetamide, iron overdose, cholestasis and acute, subchronic and chronic carbon tetrachloride (CCl(4))
intoxication; moreover, it reverses CCl(4) cirrhosis to some extent.
ALA (2) Gormley J. Powerful antioxidant for liver protection and body detoxification: milk thistle. Better Nutrition 58(2):56-61, 1996.Berkson BM. Alpha lipoic acid and liver disease. Townsend Letter. December 2007.Reed LJ. From lipoic acid to multi-enzyme complexes. Protein Sci 7:220-224, 1998.Berkson BM. A conservative triple antioxidant approach to the treatment of hepatitis C; combination of alpha lipoic acid (thioctic acid), silymarin and selenium: three case histories. Med Klin (Munich) 94 (Suppl 3):84-89, 1999.Berkson BM et al. The long-term survival of a patient with pancreatic cancer with metastases to the liver after treatment with the intravenous alpha lipoic acid/low-dose naltrexone protocol. Dünschede F et al. Reduction of ischemia reperfusion injury after liver resection and hepatic inflow occlusion by alpha lipoic acid in humans. World J Gastroenterol 12(42):6812-6817, 2006.Dudka J. Decrease in NADPH-cytochrome P450 reductase activity of the human heart, liver and lungs in the presence of alpha lipoic acid