The Liver. This organ is something like a giant ATM, that merged with a Currency Exchange. Not only does it dispense useful blood clotting proteins and bile (the cash), but it plays a crucial role in converting fats, sugars, and carbohydrates into helpful proteins (Currency Exchange). Doing that over a lifetime is a tall order and takes its toll on our livers. To compensate for this our livers have a unique ability that no other organ shares: it is the only organ that can regenerate itself.
That being said, that regenerative property is far from limitless. Our lifestyle choices can significantly damage our liver. Lack of exercise, poor diets, smoking and alcohol abuse can all lead to liver failure. But there are natural remedies for liver repair that can get you back in good credit with your body.
Heal your liver naturally with our liver healing herbs list below:
- Gooseberry: In Ayurveda, Gooseberry (Amla) is a rich source in Vitamin C and has been associated with liver regenerative abilities. It does so by creating a sort of protective function which defends the liver. It is a common ingredient in the Ayurvedic tonic Chyawanprash, but can be consumed raw, and is certainly one of the best liver support herbs out there.
- Licorice: This probably won’t take a lot of convincing for you to consume, but I am not talking about the candy you get at fairs. No, Jethimad (Licorice) has been used to treat alcohol abuse which has damaged the liver. Consider brewing some powdered Jethimad and consuming it as a tea.
- Haldi: The big hitter of our list. Haldi (Turmeric) has been studied, and shown to have antiviral properties. Additionally, turmeric is also shown to help protecting against liver disease. Mixing haldi in milk is now trending in the West, but has been around for a long time, or simply try cooking with it as a spice.
- Ditch the hooch, a liver recovery diet could be ruined by one critical factor – alcohol. Alcohol abuse is something that is raging rampant across the word. Alcohol not only causes brain impairment, but can significantly damage the liver. In some cases irreparably. If you cannot resist your pint or glass of wine at the end of a long week, limit it to two glasses for the evening.
As always, before consuming any supplements please check with your local healthcare practitioner. Your body wants to help you live as healthily as you can, and with these tips you can balance the books between your life and liver.