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THE NITTY GRITTYYour liver is your primary organ of detoxification - and it’s a real workhorse. Every day, your liver is exposed to thousands of substances that could drastically harm you, if they were allowed to accumulate or be stored in your body. This includes food additives, preservatives, industrial and chemical pollutants, and pesticide and herbicide residues. Plus, there are the tons of substances you create within your own body - like hormones - that also have to be broken down, further stressing your liver. Luckily, your liver’s ability to detoxify is endlessly adaptable, forgiving, and resilient, if you just pay attention to it and treat it well. That means feeding it nutrients that support liver health, namely glutathione and phosphatidylcholine. When you are exposed to high levels of toxins, glutathione is used up faster than it can be produced or absorbed from the diet, making you more susceptible to toxin-induced diseases. On the other hand, optimal levels of glutathione have been shown to reduce your risk of a wide variety of illnesses. When it comes to liver health specifically, glutathione plays a key role in detoxification.1 Additionally, glutathione levels are known to be significantly decreased in people with cirrhosis of the liver.2 Glutathione has been found to be particularly beneficial in protecting against oxidative stress and even liver damage from both alcohol use and non-alcoholic fatty liver conditions.3 This was seen in one study of 29 patients with fatty liver issues. Researchers found that after four months of glutathione treatment, patients not only enjoyed a reduction in fatty acids but also decreased triglyceride levels.4 Phosphatidylcholine also supports optimum liver health. And like glutathione has been shown to protect against fatty liver by not only reducing the fats that lead to a fatty liver but also preventing the accumulation of fat in the liver.5-6 Additionally, PC has been shown to reduce inflammation of the liver, as well as liver-related infection.7 By using a combination of glutathione and PC, your liver has the nutrition it needs for healthy, effective detoxification.
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