Q. Dear Terry, “I would like to know what you think is the best detox to cleanse the liver?”– Shirley W., Asheboro, NC
A. Dear Shirley, The liver is one of the hardest-working organs in the body. To support all of the important roles the liver plays in our overall health, I think andrographis is an excellent choice.
Andrographis has been widely used for treating liver diseases in both traditional Ayurvedic and Chinese practice. Bitter substances have been used for centuries to support liver health. It’s no surprise that the nickname for andrographis is “King of Bitters.”
Modern scientific research is validating the liver protective benefits of andrographis. One study showed that andrographolide (a compound from andrographis) can be as effective as silymarin (from milk thistle) at reducing the damage of toxins in the liver.
When a liver is continually damaged, its own efforts at wound healing can cause fibrosis (scar tissue) as the liver kicks up its production of connective tissue to an unhealthy level. Andrographis stops the over-proliferation of cells that can lead to cirrhosis.
Extracts of andrographis have been shown to boost the activity of glutathione and superoxide dismutase – two of the most powerful antioxidants generated by the body. It also increased the activity of Nrf2, a protein that can slow aging and cellular damage.
Interestingly, earlier research found that andrographolide alone – separate from the plant’s other compounds – was not the only effective component that protected the liver – the entire leaf extract provided its strongest effects.
I would take andrographis once or twice per day.
Terry . . . Naturally
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