by Omar Cruz, Botanical Researcher & Author

It is said that the liver performs up to 500 tasks daily. That makes it one of the busiest organs in the body. From protecting incoming blood flow from toxins out of the intestines, to breaking down consumed foods into energy and amino acids, to removing toxins such as, ammonia from the blood and storing vitamins A, B12, and vitamin D, the liver is never at rest.

Some liver support products use Milk Thistle to focus solely on the single aspect of detoxification, forgetting that detox is only one job out of the many that the liver performs. Milk Thistle may over stimulate detoxification within the liver, but over stimulating detox in an unsupported organ can often have negative side-effects. This is possibly why so many people who experiment with detox products find themselves feeling worse than when they began.

During the detox process, the liver often creates more aggressive and problematic compounds called ‘intermediary metabolites’. Think of it as removing a wine stain from a piece of fabric. We can apply a detergent, but after we do, we’re only temporarily ‘mobilizing’ the stain. We’re attempting to remove it, but more often than not, we’re just smudging it around and smearing it onto other parts of the surrounding fabric.

Redistributing toxic burdens in this manner accounts for some of the common side-effects people see with products containing Milk Thistle, such as nausea, gas, occasional diarrhea, and bloating1. The reasoning behind this reaction is simple. Regardless of the amount of detergent you apply to a stain, without the other components necessary for its removal, like the bile or “water” to wash it away, things remain largely unchanged.

True detoxification is dependent on the workings of several aspects within the liver, kidneys, gall bladder and intestines. By promoting the normal production of bilirubin and the normal release of bile2, LiverCare is essentially helping your liver move the stain down the drain.

In holistic theory, we have to walk before we learn to run. Taking a full-system approach to detoxification and liver performance is often far more useful than taking a single, designer-nutrient based action that forces an organ into a specific direction the body may not be prepared to handle. After all, if the liver needs support in detoxification, it most likely needs help with its hundreds of other functions, too.

Promoting the liver and the body as a whole goes far beyond the simple scope of detoxification, and to prove this theory, LiverCare and its international version, Liv.52, have been subjected to significant human clinical trials, many of which have been published in prominent international medical journals.

Himalaya’s LiverCare takes a ‘systems’ approach versus a ‘reductionist’ viewpoint. It provides normal liver support for nearly all of the liver’s many functions and doesn’t just focus on the single detox piece.

Simply providing ingredients that shuttle out toxins may provide a temporary benefit, but for many Milk Thistle fans, will eventually lead to surprising disappointment. LiverCare, on the other hand, supports normal hepatic cell function and normal AST and ALT liver enzyme levels3, in turn, supporting the liver as a whole.

LiverCare has been clinically shown to support normal liver enzyme counts and normal liver function overall in blood tests and liver function tests3. These blood tests are crucial in determining the vitality and wellness of the liver as well as the surrounding tissues of the body.

Isn’t it time you started thinking of your liver as more than just a detox organ? You’re far more than just a walking, talking bucket of toxins. LiverCare represents a holistic approach in providing you with uncompromising support of your liver. And why settle for
anything less.

Any way you add it up, the score is LiverCare 500, Milk Thistle 1.

2 Evaluation of efficacy and safety of LiverCare capsules, Dange, Rane, et al, Department of Pharmacology, DY Patil Medical College, Pune, Maharashtra, India, Gastroenterology Today, 2008:12:89-92
3 LiverCare in the management of [liver function]: a placebo-controlled clinical study, Das, Patki, et al, Patna Medical College, Patna, India, The Antiseptic, 2008:6:295-297