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6 Herbs for Liver Health

The liver is often an organ that gets overlooked when worrying about your health. We are frequently obsessed with the latest fads, exercises, and diets that will help us lose weight, or we focus on lowering our cholesterol levels and strengthening our hearts. Make no mistake, we all should focus on maintaining a healthy weight, lowering our cholesterol levels, and strengthening our hearts; these are all wise practices. But what about the liver? Did you know that vital organs and body parts such as the heart, brain, kidneys, joints, and eyes depend on strong liver activity? It would be difficult to have a healthy heart if your liver is not doing what it should.

But what is the purpose of the liver? What makes it so important to the overall health of your body? The first thing to realize is that the liver is actually the second most important organ next to the heart. Yes, it’s that important. The liver has a number of functions:

  • Circulation: The liver is responsible for nourishing every cell in the body. Each part of the body relies on the liver for circulating and delivering blood regularly.
  • Excretion and Detoxification: The liver also cleanses the blood, removing foreign bodies and filtering out heavy metals and dyes.
  • Hormone Regulation: The liver maintains balanced levels of hormones such as estrogen and androgen, eliminating any excess amount through bile or urine.

The liver also helps with the body’s metabolism in addition to producing important proteins the body needs. In actuality, the liver is a complex organ with many functions that we’ve only hinted at. Needless to say, promoting strong liver health and activity is vital for your body’s overall health and performance. So how exactly do you make sure that you have a healthy liver. Well, regular doctor visits are always recommended, but there are actually a handful of natural herbs that help support liver health. Here are the Top 6 herbs for liver health that you can find at Western Botanicals:

Milk Thistle Seed

The ancient philosophers, Galen and Pliny, recognized the positive effects of milk thistle seed long ago. Milk thistle has been clinically proven in supporting the liver. The best part is that you can take it as long as you’d like.

Oregon Grape Root

This herb has been revered by herbalists for years now. Oregon grape root helps the liver by supporting the steady flow of bile and blood through the liver.

Dandelion Root

Dandelions frequently get a bad rap thanks to most landscapers. The truth is that dandelion root has many positive effects on the liver. It acts as a liver cleanser and stimulates the flow of bile through the liver. It is also a good source of iron, potassium, and zinc.

Turmeric

Turmeric root is a relative of ginger and has been used for health purposes for thousands of years. It supports the liver by encouraging the release of enzymes that help the liver do its job.

Peppermint

We bet you’re going to see a lot of different uses for peppermint throughout December. In actuality, peppermint leaf is not just for fresh breath or tasty holiday recipes. It will also stimulate the flow of bile and supports healthy cholesterol levels, which helps the liver carry out its function of filtering out toxins from the blood.

Cardamom

Cardamom pod has a number of beneficial functions for the body, supporting the liver as it detoxifies the blood. It is also a chief ingredient found in our popular and effective Liver Detox Tea which helps support the health of both the liver and gallbladder.

All of these herbs can be found in our Liver/Gallbladder Formula.