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Introductions Actions of the Liver Diet Recommendationss
Toxins and Your Liver Nutrient Recommendations Physical Recommendations
The Big Question? Nutrient Recommendations (Continued) References
Who is at Risk Herbal Recommendations
Get your Liver Checked! Herbal Recommendations (Continued)



Therapeutic Recommendations: Nutrients (...continued)

Acetyl-L-carnitine- Long-term excessive consumption of alcohol can cause fat to build up in the liver. L-carnitine protects the liver from the harmful breakdown products of everyday fat metabolism and improves blood flow through the liver. In addition, it helps detoxify lactic acidosis and ammonia, both of which are extraordinarily toxic to the liver. When an abundance of carbohydrates are stored as fat, L-carnitine assists in the burning of these fats for energy by making it possible for the long chain acids it transports to enter the cell. If the fatty acids cannot reach the mitochondria where they are converted to cellular energy, it stands to reason they are going to be dumped in places where your body will suffer from their presence, as happens in “fatty liver” disease, fatty build-up in the heart, and your plain old everyday obesity.

Suggested dosage: 2-4 capsules per day on an empty stomach with water or juice, in divided dosages 45 minutes before breakfast and lunch.

Caution: For some people, L-carnitine, especially acetyl-L-carnitine, may have a stimulating effect. Therefore, it may be unwise to take it in the evening.

Recommendation: Life Extension Foundation - Acetyl-L-carnitine


Vitamin C- Vitamin C is the most powerful antioxidant vitamin for the liver and cuts down toxic damage to the liver cells from chemical overload. It counteracts free radicals produced during the phase I detoxification pathway in the liver. Studies done at the University Michigan Medical School have shown that even doses as low as 500 milligrams daily of vitamin C have helped prevent fatty build-up and cirrhosis of the liver. In addition, doses of 5,000 mg per day have been known to actually flush fats from the liver. A study was done on patients who had been admitted into a hospital with acute alcohol poisoning and were tested with unbelievably high levels of oxidant stress. After using 2,500 mg of vitamin C for ten days, biochemical markers of oxidant stress were decreased by approximately 50%. The method by which you determine proper doses of vitamin C for the treatment of disease is by your bowel tolerance, so if you find that it is causing diarrhea, cut back until you find the right dose.
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Suggested dosage: 1000-4000 milligrams spread throughout the day with a meal.

Note: Medications for diabetes such as chlorpropamide (Diabinese) and sulfa drugs may not be as effectual if taken with vitamin C. In addition, taking high doses of vitamin C may produce a false-negative reading in tests for blood in the stool.

Caution: If you consume aspirin and standard vitamin C (ascorbic acid) together in large doses, you may experience stomach irritation—possibly leading to ulcers. So, if you have to take aspirin regularly, please use an esterified form of vitamin C, and take it separately from the aspirin. Pregnant mothers are advised not to take more than 5,000 mg of vitamin C daily. A growing fetus may become dependent on this supplement and acquire scurvy when deprived of the accustomed megadoses after birth.

Recommendation: Any esterified vitamin C is our first suggestion as we feel that it is a remarkable form of C. It is created by having the vitamin C react with a necessary mineral, such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, or zinc. This produces a vitamin C that is non-acidic and includes metabolites identical to those produced by the body. Esterified vitamin C comes into the bloodstream and tissue four times faster than standard forms of vitamin C because it moves into the blood cells more effectively and also remains in the body tissue longer. The concentration of vitamin C in white blood cells achieved by using esterified vitamin C are four times higher than those attained with standard vitamin C. Furthermore, and a very important fact; only one-third is lost during excretion in the urine.


cellfood Cell Food- An ionic formula that contains 78 ionic minerals, 34 enzymes, 17 amino acids, electrolytes and dissolved oxygen— and utilizes a unique water-splitting technology. Cellfood is created by a proprietary nine month process in which all-natural nutrient-rich plant substances are held in a negatively-charged suspension of deuterium (an isotope of hydrogen). The result is a remarkable formulation which— by utilizing the same technology used decades ago to split the atom— actually 'dissociates' (splits) water molecules within the body by weakening the bonding electrons, and gives birth to cascades of vital, life-giving oxygen.

This newly-born oxygen, combined with an array of vital nutrients, is carried to every cell in the body— cleaning, toning and building the cells and tissues hour after hour, day after day. Since our bodies are over two-thirds water, this oxygen and hydrogen source is virtually unlimited.

Suggested dosage: 8-10 drops in a glass of purified water, 3 times a day. Or you can put the whole days supply in your stainless steel drinking bottle and drink during the day. Best if taken separate from meals.

Recommendation: Cellfood


Carotenoids- Nature supplies us with an abundance of carotenoids in the form of vegetables and fruits with bright colors. Of more than 700 naturally occurring carotenoids, it has been determined that as many as 50 may be absorbed and metabolized by the human body. Beta-carotene is one of the most commonly found carotenoids in fruits and vegetables and is significant for human health. It is important to remember that natural sources of beta-carotene and carotenoids are the ones you should be using. Beta-carotene, for instance, is converted to vitamin A in your body and you can take large amounts without worrying about the toxic side effects. For the most efficient absorption, utilize a juicer, and remember to use organic produce as much as possible.
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Suggested dosage: Try and juice at least once a day for optimal intake

Recommendation: For busy individuals try JuicePlus+ to increase your carotenoid intake!


Glutathione- This is an extremely powerful antioxidant that is manufactured in the liver. It actually neutralizes oxygen molecules before they can damage cells. Vast amounts of glutathione are amassed in the liver, where it detoxifies harmful compounds so they can then be expelled via the bile. Glutathione helps to reduce the harm brought about by alcohol, cigarette smoke, radiation, heavy metals, drugs and chemotherapy. As we age, the levels of glutathione decline and might even accelerate the aging process. One would think that after reading the above, supplementing with glutathione would help, but unfortunately, it is not worth taking glutathione supplements. They are too expensive and usually poorly absorbed. The more effective way is to give the liver the raw material to make its own glutathione—namely, the amino acids: glycine, glutamine and cysteine.

Suggested dosage: Follow dosage instructions on bottle.

Recommendation: Any quality freeform supplement of L-glycine, L-glutamine, and L-cysteine


Taurine- Current findings are showing that taurine is one of the major nutrients involved in the bodies detoxification of harmful substances and drugs and should be taken into account in the treatment of all chemically sensitive people. It plays an important role in the liver via the formation of bile acids and detoxification. In other words, once conjugated, chemical toxins are removed from the body as a component of bile and also through water soluble acetates in the urine. Taurine is the body’s central antioxidant defense against the making of excess hypochlorite ion and if this is not managed, it will lead to severe aggravation of chemical sensitivity. Impaired body synthesis of taurine will reduce the ability of the liver to detoxify environmental chemicals such as chlorine, chlorite (bleach), aldehydes (produced by excess alcohol), alcohols, petroleum solvents and ammonia. When you are deficient in taurine, you are likely to have impaired mineral transport across the cell membrane producing imbalances in electrolytes and reduced ability of the liver to eradicate pollutants via the excretory course of the bowel and kidneys.

Suggested dosage: 1-4 grams daily

Caution: Taurine is a sulphur giving amino acid that is free of side effects, but do not take it on an empty stomach if you have a stomach ulcer.

Recommendation: Life Extension Foundation - Taurine Capsules


Branched-Chain Amino Acids- The liver’s purpose includes storage and filtration of blood, secretion of bile, detoxification of assorted substances, and conversion of sugars into glycogen, which it stores. The liver is also accountable for processing numerous vitamins and nutrients into a form that can be used by the body, and processing many toxic chemicals for eradication. Current living styles expose us daily to substances that are toxic to our bodies, which inflict a heavy load on the liver. The branched chain amino acids, L-valine, L-leucine, and L-isoleucine improve protein synthesis in liver cells and muscle cells. In addition, because they can be oxidized in the cell’s mitochondria, the branched chain amino acids may also provide energy. BCAA's

Research has shown that patients with liver diseases that lead to coma—called hepatic encephalopathy—have low concentrations of branch-chain amino acids and excess levels of certain other amino acids. Initial research suggested that people with this condition might be helped by branch-chain amino acids. Therapeutic effects of branch-chain amino acids have also been shown in adults with cirrhosis of the liver. The suggested dose is 2-4 capsules daily between meals with fruit juice or before eating. Each capsule should contain 300 mg of leucine, 150 mg of isoleucine, and 150 mg of valine.

Suggested dosage: Four capsules daily, on an empty stomach, after exercise or before bedtime.

Caution: To be used only by adults who are fully grown. Should not be used by anyone afflicted with the disease pellagra.

Recommendation: Life Extension Foundation - BCAA's


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