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I recently had some blood work done and the results were normal, except for elevated liver enzymes.

Q. Dear Terry, "I recently had some blood work done and the results were normal, except for elevated liver enzymes. My doctor said we would recheck in several months, but in the meantime, I want to try some natural options. Do you know of anything that may help?" — Gregg P., Dayton, OH

A. Dear Gregg, I encourage you to keep your healthcare practitioner involved with any supplement usage, as they may have additional insight.

The liver is one of the body’s hardest-working organs, and it needs the right nutrients to function properly.

Milk thistle is known as the “go to” botanical for liver health. Two key components in milk thistle – silymarin and silybin – are considered the most effective phytonutrients for restoring the liver. Silymarin is the main complex in milk thistle, and contains silybin, a powerful flavonoid that has very specific detoxifying abilities. Both work to protect liver cells against oxidative damage and enhance the strength and detoxification power of the liver. Unfortunately, silybin can be difficult for the body to absorb and use. When choosing a formula, look for one that features silybin bound to a phytosome. Clinical research shows that it can be present in the body for up to 8 hours when it is bound to a phytosome.

A lesser known ingredient for liver health is sesamin. Derived from sesame seeds, sesamin is another powerful ingredient for restoring the liver and stopping liver damage. Sesamin can help the liver in many ways, including stopping fibrosis (an accumulation of collagen and other proteins that can result in liver failure) and preventing fatty liver disease.

I recommend taking a combination of milk thistle seed extract, milk thistle fruit phytosome complex, and sesame seed extract taken twice daily.

For additional support, you may also want to consider adding curcumin. Curcumin has been shown in scientific studies to reduce fatty deposits in the liver, protect liver cells from oxidative stress, and help keep our own antioxidants functioning optimally. I recommend taking a curcumin that is blended with turmeric essential oil in a patented process. I would take 750 mg twice per day.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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