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The Liver (our second largest organ – after the skin) takes part in more than 500 vital functions in our body, principally acting as its central detoxifying agent. It is essentially a filter which prevents blood from the digestive system from entering the rest of the body. As it does so, the Liver also helps to detoxify (get rid of) harmful chemical substances that enter the body from the ‘gut’ (the digestive tract).
Therefore, if we’re looking to best nutritionally improve our Liver health by enhancing its detoxifying principal function, we definitely need to understand what these 3 terms are : Free Radicals, Oxidative Stress, and Antioxidants – as well as the relationship between the three.
Let’s keep one important thought in mind … that Oxygen is both ‘a blessing and a curse’. We need Oxygen in order to live, yet the simple act of breathing-in Oxygen results in the formation of highly-reactive molecules called Free Radicals. How does this happens … well, Oxygen in the body splits into single atoms with unpaired electrons. Electrons like to be in pairs, so these atoms, called Free Radicals, scavenge the body to seek out other electrons so they can become a pair. This causes damage to cells, proteins and DNA.
As the Free Radicals interact with other molecules in the body, they cause oxidative damage that can result in the development of a wide range of illnesses and diseases, including cancer, atherosclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and many others. They also may have a link to aging, which has been defined as a gradual accumulation of free-radical damage.
The human body is under constant attack by Free Radicals. Scientists have calculated that each of us suffers at least 10,000 free radical attacks on a daily basis. Substances that generate these Free Radicals can be found in the food we eat, the medicines we take, the air we breathe and the water we drink. We find them in processed foods, hydrogenated-cooking oils, alcohol, tobacco smoke, pesticides and air pollutants, but – as we mentioned before – these Free Radicals could even be the result of our over-exercising (as oxidation takes place).
Oxidative Stress, on the other hand, is a condition of cellular damage which is brought about by a constant imbalance of harmful Free Radicals and Antioxidants (which neutralize them). If the quantity of Free Radicals far exceeds the quantity of Antioxidants then Oxidative Stress will accumulate throughout multiple organs and tissues in the body. So we could say – in simple terms – that it (Oxidative Stress) is an accumulation of Free Radicals without been controlled or neutralized by Antioxidants.
The Liver is thought by many health experts to be particularly susceptible to damage from Oxidative Stress. If the Liver’s functionality is impaired by this cellular damage then its detoxifying capabilities will diminish greatly; leaving the body even more susceptible to toxic substances and the free radicals they generate. As such, Antioxidants are essential to the prolonged health and function of the Liver.
Naturally the human body tries to protect itself from free radical damage by producing enzymes that neutralize them. However, we’re not capable of handling this function effectively without the help of Antioxidants, that we could obtain from an antioxidant-rich diet based on our daily eating and drinking enough fresh (or flush-frozen) vegetables and fruits or some special healthy foods (such as our “WheyIsolate 3x BioActive’TM) and/or supplementing with specific functional nutrition formulations such as our ‘HepatoHero’TM and ‘Integrum’TM products.
These protective molecules – Antioxidants – are also known as ‘free radical scavengers’ as they destroy free radicals by feeding electrons (atoms) to them – thus neutralizing free radicals by rendering them harmless to the human body.
In the case of ‘HepatoHero’TM – it is a functional nutrition formulation that supplies key substances used by the Liver to help detoxify harmful chemicals that may produce Oxidative Stress. It also contains important phytochemicals that act to protect Liver cells from damage in an effort to support its functioning normally.
Its two main components are : a proprietary ingredient called Solarplast® and a potent Artichoke Leaf Extract – both of which are potent precursors of our body’s intracellular production of super antioxidant Glutathione – the Liver’s top protective and detoxifying agent.
Solarplast® is derived from spinach Chloropasts (which are components of plant cells that are heavily involved in energy production from photosynthesis – that is, cells that capture energy directly from the Sun, the Universe’s center of energy). These Chloroplasts are uniquely capable of producing an enzyme known as Glutathione Reductase. This enzyme is responsible for converting Glutathione Disulfide into its useable sulfhydryl form, Glutathione, the master antioxidant in the human body, that resides in every single one of its trillions of cells, and is an essential component in protecting the Liver from the damages of oxidation (Oxidative Stress).
Artichoke Leaf Extract, our second most abundant component, has antioxidant properties via increasing Glutathione levels and Glutathione Peroxidase activities. According to scientific research, Artichoke Leaf Extract is considered as a beneficial agent in counteracting Oxidative Stress-induced hepato (Liver)-toxicity. It is also used for its strong choleretic activity causing substantial increase in the amount of bile excreted and an increase in the biliary acids concentrations of the bile. Bile acids are compounds the Liver produces to assist with the proper digestion of dietary fats and oils. Scientific investigations had shown that the cynarin, chlorogenic acid, and caffeoyl derivatives present in artichoke protect hepatocytes (Liver cells) against hepatic (Liver) damage.
HepatoHero’TM also features Milk Thistle seed, widely recognized by researchers and nutritionists in Europe as the ‘Liver Tonic Herb’, as per its scientifically-validated Liver health-support natural properties. Its seeds have a high concentration of a unique compound of Flavonoids (powerful antioxidants) known as Silymarin, which has shown exception capabilities in supporting natural detoxification processes which work to cleanse the body of harmful substances, as well as scavenging for free radicals before they can contribute to the accumulations of Oxidative Stress. For these reasons, Milk Thistle seed, and its unique compound known as Silymarin, have become all-natural staples in Liver health-support.
Additionally, the potential benefits from the naturally-occurring triterpenes, sterols and flavonoids found in Dandelion Leaf Extract make this herb another important part of the HepatoHero’TM formulation. Bitter resins found in Dandelion help stimulate the digestive system and help rid the body of toxins.
Our functional nutrition formulation also contains two digestive enzymes known as Lipase and Protease. Both of these enzymes are instrumental in breaking-down food into usable nutrients and promoting the health of beneficial Probiotics (“good bacteria”) in the gastrointestinal tract. This bacteria helps to reduce toxic substances in the lower intestines before they can pass into the Liver. This lowers the liver’s toxic burden significantly and thus prolongs its health and functionality.
In conclusion, we feel you’ll be delighted with the potential antioxidant health benefits to help repair and protect the Liver – that you’ll obtain with HepatoHero’TM daily supplementation.