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3 plants to detoxify our liver

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Discover the 3 plants to detoxify our liver.

Salmon, stuffed turkey, chestnuts, glazed logs, and champagne sometimes follow one another over several days putting our liver to the test.

Results: bloating, nausea, or even the famous “liver attack” tarnish the festivities.

How can we take care of our overworked liver to help it cope with all these excesses?

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Focus on 3 “detoxifying” plants that can save our days of celebration!

1. Artichoke and “good cholesterol”

Unfortunately for us, holiday meals are often too high in animal fats, and therefore in saturated fatty acids and cholesterol.

HDL cholesterol, known as “good cholesterol” then tends to drop in favor of LDL cholesterol nicknamed “bad cholesterol”. However, it is the latter that is involved in the formation of atheromatous plaque which can lead to cardiovascular accidents.

One of the roles of the liver is to maintain the balance between HDL and LDL, which tends to be upset during the successions of overly rich meals.

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In addition to returning to a balanced diet, supplementation with artichoke extract could help us restore this balance.

The artichoke, or Cynara scolymus, is a non-thorny, domesticated variety of wild thistle.

In herbal medicine, artichoke is used for:

▪ Improve difficulty digestion,

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▪ Help treat hepatobiliary dysfunctions, bloating and nausea,

▪ Facilitate renal and urinary elimination,

▪ Fight against constipation by stimulating bile secretion.

The ability of an artichoke leaf extract to improve our balance between “good” and “bad” cholesterol was demonstrated by the results of a clinical trial published in 2013.

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Patients who received 500 mg per day of artichoke extracts, for 8 weeks, showed a significant increase in their HDL level, compared to those receiving placebo whose level had remained stable.

At the same time, their LDL and total cholesterol levels were significantly reduced compared to the placebo group.

This study, therefore, reveals that artichoke extracts can help restore the balance between “good” and “bad” cholesterol.

2. Black radish and detoxification

The black radish or Raphanus sativus var niger is a herbaceous plant belonging to the Brassicaceae (or cruciferous) family such as cabbage, turnip, horseradish, mustard …

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These plants contain glucosinolates which are transformed in the organism into compounds that have a more or less pungent flavor and give their particular taste to their culinary preparations.

Black radish contains particularly high concentrations of glucosinolates, which in addition to their culinary characteristics, are precursors of glutathione, an active compound essential for the body’s detoxification mechanisms.

In 2014, a study revealed that supplementation containing extracts of black radish, for 4 weeks, positively influenced the detoxification of the body and could ensure the protection of liver cells.

Thus, the toxic substances studied are less present in the blood and more important in the urine allowing their elimination from the body.

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3. Turmeric and fats

Turmeric is the active component of Turmeric, a plant of the family Zingiberaceae which is also part Ginger.

Turmeric is a well-known traditional Chinese medicine remedy that is used to aid blood circulation and combat pain.

Beyond its pain-relieving properties, turmeric could relieve acute inflammation of the respiratory tract and have a positive effect on major depression.

It would also be effective in reducing hyperglycemia.

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Finally, turmeric would have lipid-lowering effects, that is to say, an ability to reduce the levels of fat in our blood.

It is this last property that has been recently studied in humans through a large review of available scientific data.

This meta-analysis reveals that people supplemented with turmeric for 4 weeks have:

▪ A significant drop in their blood triglyceride levels,

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▪ A decrease in their total blood cholesterol,

▪ A drop in their LDL or “bad” cholesterol levels,

▪ An increase in their HDL or “good” cholesterol,

The authors of this study also note that the beneficial effect of turmeric is increased if the duration of the supplementation is greater than 8 weeks and if the dose of turmeric is greater than 300 mg per day.

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