I am just getting caught up. Thanks for the informative article. As well as mentioning what to avoid, Vitamin E is mentioned as the major nutrient that protects the liver. It seems hard to get enough Vit E naturally. A nutritiondata search shows fortified foods at the top of the list.
Here is a link from NIH. It shows how to convert values between IU and mg and between the natural (d-alpha-tocopherol) and synthetic (dl-alpha-tocopherol) forms. I especially like the "l" code for natural vs synthetic for reading labels. It also mentions the "tolerable upper levels", a nice addition to the information.
Thx for reading and comments! Many are not aware of the role the liver plays in T4 to T3 conversion as well as its hormone binding properties... or the symptoms of a poorly functioning liver. This article really does a good job covering this.
I've read that milk thistle's active ingredient, silymarin, is a good liver support. I don't take it myself, as it generates a good deal of gas in my gut. But I do give it to my elderly Pom, who suffers from a variety of ailments.
N-A-C, N-acetyl L- Cysteine, which serves to protect the liver against acetaminophen overdose, and has mucous thinning abilities, can be helpful, too. I use to take this when I was naughty and had too much to drink, to prevent hangovers. Now I stop at one or two glasses and do it rarely... cheaper and better that way! The caveat with this one is that it does sometimes cause stomach upset.
One thing not mentioned in the article is the liver's amazing regenerative abilities. It can regrow itself even if 2/3s of it is removed. Takes about a week.
Apparently the ancient Greeks were aware of the liver's amazing regenerative ability, as one of their myths has mankind's champion, Prometheus, punished by the gods, by having his liver eaten by an eagle into eternity as the organ regenerated itself over nite.
It doesn't happen that quickly in real life, but its an interesting bit of liver trivia.
Stay Curious peeps... : ) Mzzchief
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