The liver is the second largest organ in the body, and is often seen as the most important component in the body's ability to fight disease and function optimally. Amongst other important functions, the liver is responsible for eliminating and detoxifying the poisons that enter our blood stream. It also produces bile, which is essential in the breakdown of fats, and stores Vitamin A, D, E, and K. Environmental pollution, excess of processed/adulterated foods, drugs, alcohol and sedentary lifestyles all contribute to sluggish and diseased livers. The result of a diseased liver include low immune systems, fatigue, obesity, problems with digestive systems, allergies, respiratory ailments, and unhealthy skin.
The liver regulates most chemical levels in the blood and excretes a product called bile, which is passed into the helps digestive tract in order to break down fats and enable absorption. The liver processes all the blood leaving the stomach and intestines. It breaks down the nutrients and drugs in the blood into forms that are easier for the rest of the body to use or excrete.
Prevention is the best and most important treatment for liver disease and minimizing further damage. Use Milk Thistle as a liver tonic and to protect the liver from damage by viruses and toxins, including alcohol and drugs. It is also a potent antioxidant, and helpful in addressing a fatty liver. Dandelion, has a beneficial effect on the liver and digestive system. It is considered a very effective general tonic and is known to improve bile flow and reduce inflammation associated with some liver problems. In addition, Verbena treats inflammation of the gallbladder and is also used for jaundice.