by Melissa Chichester
Your liver is your body’s largest internal organ and has a big job to do. Everything that enters your body is processed by the liver. It’s responsible for filtering out what your body doesn’t need, activating enzymes, and producing bile. And that’s just the shortlist!
According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, these are the primary jobs of the liver:
Your liver has other jobs, and it can be impacted by other systems of health. This is just one reason liver health is so important, even though you might not think about it very often.
The UPMC Center for Liver Diseases states that your liver holds up to 10% of blood volume at once. That’s only one amazing feat of the liver! Other surprising liver facts include:
There are several supplements that support liver health.*
Milk thistle: Most people think of milk thistle when they think of liver health. Silymarin is the beneficial active component of the plant that is extracted from milk thistle seeds. Silymarin supports the structure of the outer cell membrane of liver cells to support liver health.* Milk thistle also has antioxidant properties that support overall wellness.*
TUDCA: It’s short for “tauroursodeoxycholic acid” – how’s that for a tongue twister? TUDCA is a next-generation liver supplement that can support your overall health and wellness routine.*
TUDCA works through a different mechanism than milk thistle, but can be used in combination with milk thistle or on its own for liver health.*
Furthermore, TUDCA is a bile acid. Bile is naturally produced from cholesterol. This assists with the absorption of dietary fats and fat-soluble vitamins such as Vitamin D, E and K. TUDCA is a beneficial hydrophilic bile acid that has been shown to support the liver and is found in our body in very small amounts.
Artichoke extract: Artichoke extract may help increase liver bile production, which assists the body with blood fat metabolism.*
LIV-A-NEW®: LIV-A-NEW® is an exclusive Puritan’s Pride formula that delivers five ingredients to the liver – milk thistle, trimethylglycine (TMG), n-acetylcysteine, alpha-lipoic acid, and dandelion – to support liver function.*
Your liver is your body’s primary filtration system, letting go of what you don’t need, cleansing your blood, and processing all nutrients. Standard healthy lifestyle choices also support your liver health, including drinking plenty of water and eating a nutritious diet. However, there are some extra steps you can take, such as avoiding excess alcohol and managing a healthy weight. The best thing you can do for your liver is to stay on top of your health and wellness to keep it healthy every day.