More and more people are suffering from some form of liver disease, not only in our country, but worldwide. There are many known risk factors for liver disease, such as excessive alcohol consumption, obesity, high blood sugar, high blood pressure, high triglycerides and high cholesterol. However, there are herbs that can improve and protect liver health.
One such herb is the milk thistle, which contains high levels of a compound called silymarin. This herb has been used for thousands of years to treat liver diseases because of its liver-protective properties. It is also known for its antioxidant properties. It helps liver cell regeneration and is unbeatable in reducing inflammation, properties that make it very beneficial in the treatment of liver disease.
Another great herb is ginseng, which has strong anti-inflammatory effects. As ginseng is also an excellent antioxidant, it can provide great protection against liver damage caused by viruses, toxins and alcohol. Ginseng has been shown to improve liver function and reduce inflammation and fatigue in people with liver disease.
The next great herb is none other than green tea. Green tea is rich in polyphenols, antioxidant compounds that are very beneficial for liver health and function. Regular consumption of herbal tea can not only reduce liver inflammation, but can also minimize fatty liver.
Licorice has antiviral, anti-inflammatory and liver protective effects. Licorice contains a compound called glycyrrhizin. It is perhaps because of this compound that Chinese traditional medicine uses this herb to treat liver diseases. Licorice may also protect against liver damage caused by alcohol.
One of the bioactive compounds in turmeric with excellent antioxidant effects is curcumin. Curcumin also has anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects. It reduces liver inflammation, liver fat and LDL cholesterol levels.
Garlic is also a beneficial herb as it improves liver health and may protect against liver tumours.