Know Your Liver:
The Gaspar’s Best Guide to Liver Function and Supplements
The liver is a complex organ that performs a range of essential functions.
A healthy liver removes waste from the blood, metabolizes fat, and synthesizes hormones. A damaged, diseased, or malfunctioning liver can lead to dangerous, even life threatening consequences.
Hepatitis refers to self-limiting or chronic inflammation of the liver.
Hepatitis most commonly occurs as a result of a viral infection. However, alcohol use, exposure to toxins, certain medications, and fat deposits in the liver can also cause hepatitis.
According to the NIDDK, some people may develop symptoms of hepatitis C in 1–3 months and of hepatitis B in 2–5 months. People who have chronic hepatitis may show no symptoms for several years.
Signs of a malfunctioning liver include:
- loss of appetite
- unintentional weight loss
- nausea and vomiting
- dark yellow urine
- gray stools
- discomfort in the upper right part of the abdomen
People who have advanced liver damage may experience:
- bleeding and bruising easily
- edema, which causes swelling in the lower legs, ankles, and feet
- fluid retention in the abdomen
- itchy skin
- jaundice or yellowing of the skin and eyes
- confusion or difficulty thinking
- memory loss
- personality or mood changes
If you are experiencing any of the above, you will likely want to make some diet and lifestyle changes ASAP! For example, limiting your intake of fatty foods and alcohol will go a long way. We have also provided a handy guide to supplements that can help support liver health below. As always, however, speak with your doctor before taking new supplements or if you suspect that you may have serious health issues.
There are a wide range of supplements one can take to better support healthy function of their liver.
Milk Thistle capsules may be a useful nutritional adjunct for individuals who wish to enhance healthy hepatic function through the natural protective and regenerative properties of this herb. Order from our online store today.
N-Acetyl Cysteine, Selenium and Molybdenum are important building blocks for antioxidant enzymes produced by the liver. Order from our online store today.
Alcohol Detox may be a useful nutritional supplement for individuals looking to obtain essential cofactors and micronutrients to support enhanced alcohol metabolism, support healthy liver function, and support overall immune function. Order from our online store today.
Ortho Molecular Core Restore 7-Day Kit
Core Restore is a comprehensive 7- or 14-day diet, lifestyle and nutrient program designed to reduce toxic burden and support Phase I and II liver detoxification function. Order from our online store today.
For individualized guidance from an expert pharmacist and a 10% discount on your next order, schedule a free consultation now! For more health tips, check out the rest of our glossary. In the meantime, the Gaspar’s Best family wishes you and your family happiness and health.