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There has been a lot of interest and misinformation being spread across the internet about herbs how work with your liver. A frequent poster on the MyEvanesce Forum has done some research on the herbs included in the Phoenix Project formulations and has shared this information for your reference. Here’s what she found:
“I did look up how each of the ingredients have been used with the liver and I was able to find many of the ingredients are used to help the liver. Here is what I found:
Red Peony root is one of the ingredients in our Evanesce-ES formulation.
“Animal studies have found that red peony root, alone or in combination with other Chinese herbs, could help prevent liver damage due to various chemical toxins.”
Dandelion is one of the ingredients in our Evanesce-ES formulation.
“In traditional medicine, dandelion roots and leaves were used to treat liver problems..”
Dong Quai is one of the ingredients in our Evanesce-ES and in our Feminol formulation. We use a very potent, standardized extract, version of this herb. Beware of store Dong Quai products which are listed as “500mg” capsules or anything similar. There is no way to compare any store-bought capsule quantity of this herb, to the standardized extracts in our formulations.
“Dong Quai is also known as Chinese Angelica and is primarily known for it’s uses in treating women’s problems including lack of sexual desire, the symptoms of menopause, cramps and PMS. It aids in increasing the effects of hormones in both men and women and is widely used as an aphrodisiac. Dong Quai is particularly useful in helping to end hot flashes and menstrual cramps. It is also used as a liver tonic and in treating sciatica and shingles. It is one of the most widely consumed herbs in China, used as frequently as ginseng and licorice.”
Motherwort is one of the ingredients in our Evanesce-ES formulation.
“Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been using Motherwort as a specific for the liver and to treat hepatic infections, which may also result in brighter eyes and improved vision.”
Nettle is one of the ingredients in our Evanesce-ES formulation.
“It protects the liver and helps it to recover in case of hepatic disease.”
Ginger is one of the ingredients in our Evanesce-ES formulation.
From the Rodale book, Herbs for Health and Healing:
“Dr. Vogel and other well-known plant researchers, including Hildebert Wagner, Ph.D., have found that the antioxidants in milk thistle called flavonoids are some of the most potent liver-protecting substances known. (Antioxidants prevent cell destruction and damage caused by the harmful compounds known as free radicals.) Studies conducted by these experts show that flavonoids work even better than the well-known antioxidant vitamin E. So do ginger and garlic, according to the results of numerous studies conducted all over the world. Similar flavonoids that improve liver function are also found in rosemary and grape leaves, which are used in Greek cooking. All of these herbs protect the liver from damage and increase the production of beneficial liver enzymes so that the liver can do its job better.”
Soy isoflavones are one of the ingredients in our Evanesce-ES formulation
“Therapeutic effects of soy isoflavones on ?-amylase activity, insulin deficiency, liver-kidney function and metabolic disorders in diabetic rats.”
“Moreover, soy isoflavones induced a decrease in LDL-cholesterol and triglycerides and an increase in HDL-cholesterol in plasma and liver.”
“Isoflavones are one of a group of biologically active compounds termed flavonoids (like pycnogenol from pine bark & proanthocyanidins from grapes). Flavonoids are recognized as having anti-inflammatory, antiallergic, antiviral, anticarcinogenic, antineoplastic, antimicrobial, antihelminthic, liver protective, kidney protective, antithrombotic and antihormonal effects. They are potent antioxidants, free radical scavengers and metal chelators. They facilitate vitamin C stabilization and enhance vitamin C absorption.”
I hope you find this information helpful in discovering how certain herbs can be beneficial to the health of your liver.