(Natural News) The liver is the single biggest organ in the body and is responsible for over 500 vitally important functions. Officially part of the digestive system, this amazing organ synthesizes protein, produces chemicals to help digest food and, perhaps most importantly, is an essential part of the body’s detoxification process.
Although the liver is the only organ that has the ability to regenerate itself, our modern lifestyle means this organ is bombarded with toxins from alcohol, pesticides, pollution, chemicals and processed foods. As such, it is important to give the liver whatever natural assistance we can to keep it performing at an optimal level.
Studies have found that one way to cleanse and support the functioning of the liver is to supplement with dandelion root. This amazing plant has been an integral part of herbal medicine for at least 1,000 years and is known to improve urinary tract and bladder health. It has also been proven to be an effective treatment for gallstones, jaundice and hepatitis. And recent peer-reviewed studies have proved that it has amazing cancer fighting abilities.
A powerhouse detoxifier
Dandelion root is available in various forms, but if it’s liver health and cleansing you’re after then you’ll need to use it in tea, root extract or tincture form.
While the symptoms of some of the more dangerous liver diseases like hepatitis, liver cancer and cirrhosis might be quite obvious, other, more subtle signs can also indicate that your liver is under stress. Some of the signs to watch out for include jaundice (a yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes), unexplained aches and pains, and ongoing fatigue. A liver under stress can also cause emotional and mental health issues, including depression, irritability and uncontrolled anger.
If you detect any of these signs in yourself or a family member you should be aware that the liver might not be functioning as well as it should.
Natural News previously reported on the key role of dandelion root in maintaining optimal liver function:
Dandelion root stimulates the liver’s bile production for the gall bladder and helps the liver control the gall bladder’s releasing of that bile for digestive purposes, especially fats. Good digestion is the foundation for good overall health.
Dandelion root keeps the liver’s blood detoxification pathways open, which some pharmaceuticals shut down.
According to Natural Health 365, the ideal dose of dandelion root for cleansing the liver and keeping it in peak condition is between 500 and 2,000 mg per day. Of course, a natural health practitioner would be in the best position to recommend the best dosage for you individually.
An anti-cancer warrior
Scientists have been very excited in recent years to discover that dandelion root shows amazing promise in the fight against cancer. In 2017, a study was published in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine which confirmed that cancer cells – even those that had proven resistant to chemotherapy – started dying off within 48 hours of being exposed to dandelion root extract. (Related: Dandelion root extract found to kill leukemia cells, prostate cancer cells and chemo-resistant melanoma.)
Natural Health 365 also reported on another promising study which had similar findings:
Another study on dandelions and cancer published in International Journal of Oncology found that dandelion tea was effective against breast cancer and prostate cancer. The compounds in dandelion extracts seem to cause apoptosis, or cancer cell death. In other words, the diseased cells essentially commit suicide. (By the way, dandelion extracts tend to target the cancer cells only – leaving healthy cells intact).
There is no doubt that our livers are under more stress now than at any other time in history. There are, therefore, really good reasons to supplement with dandelion root – nature’s amazing natural detoxifier and potent cancer fighter!
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