LIVER, GALLBLADDER & SUGAR BEETS
One of the most common and effective natural liver detoxifiers is the beet. Beets have been used to fight liver toxins and to increase the overall health for hundreds of years. Beets are beneficial to one's health because they are a high-antioxidant vegetable that contains some important substances, including betaine, betalains, fiber, iron, betacyanin, folate, and betanin. Pectin, which is a fiber found in beets, can also help clean up the waste after it has been removed from the liver, allowing it to be flushed out of the system instead of reabsorbed by the body. Because of this property, I encourage individuals to eat beets raw without juicing them, so that these fibers can be ingested as completely as possible. This is not difficult, as they can be baked, grated, or roasted as well as eaten alone or incorporated into other dishes.
Beets have been linked to the healing of the liver, a decrease in homocysteine, an improvement in stomach acid production, prevention of the formation of free-radicals in LDL, and the prevention of lung, liver, skin, spleen, and colon cancer. Though these health benefits are not directly linked to the detoxification of the liver, they allow the body as a whole to work more efficiently. Because the systems of the body are all intertwined and rely upon one another to work properly, this indirectly affects the ability of the liver to rid itself of toxins and continue to work at an optimal level.
The recommended serving of beets varies depending upon the source, so the best way to go about integrating them into a diet is to start the day with beet juice instead of coffee, to add grated beets to salads and other dishes where appropriate, and to include a baked or roasted beet as a side dish with dinner as often as possible. For me, I don’t have the time to prepare beets every day so that I will take a whole food concentrate, namely BETAFOOD (#1450, 90 tablets or #1455, 180 tablets). I will usually take three pills a day, and if I know my liver is under a little more stress than normal, I will double that dose to 6.
The key ingredient in beets is Betaine, which is endogenous, meaning it occurs naturally in your body. Betaine is a by-product of sugar beet processing. This is an amazing natural supplement that will help rejuvenate your liver in just six months. Betaine is well documented in real people. Yes, this is for healthy people, too. If you have any liver condition, take this for an entire year. Betaine is very safe, inexpensive, found naturally in our food and our bodies. Betaine also lowers homocysteine levels dramatically. Homocysteine is a major inflammation marker for heart and artery disease, the most significant killer of all worldwide.
This is an excellent gallbladder and liver decongestant. If you have large hard stones in your gallbladder, you should work with a physician before taking Betafood because it really mobilizes the bile. Now don't get me wrong, this is exactly what you need to do in order to help break down the stones but if done to quickly you may get yourself in trouble. When looking for primary support for gallstones I will combined BETAFOOD with CHOLINE (#2565) and DISODIUM PHOSPHATE (#3600), together this trio will really flush out the gallbladder. I have personally used this protocol for my own gallstone with great success.
CHOLINE (#2565) assists in fat metabolism in the liver. It reduces the surface tension of fat particles which makes them more easy for bile to break down. Anybody with fatty, floating stool, hemorroids, constipation or a pasty complexion due to incomplete fat digestion should use this product. I recommend 9-12 a day depending on the severity of the case.
DISODIUM PHOSPHATE (#3600) is used for gallstones. If you have a sluggish gallbladder but no stones you do not need DISODIUM PHOSPHATE. It is also excellent for constipation. 3-4 capsules on an empty stomach with a glass of water water first thing in the morning really helps in elimination. But again unless there are stones or constipation present, don't use this product.
Where's the published proof on real people? Well, there’s lots! The Journal of Nutrition published a study done in the Netherlands where homocysteine fell dramatically and immediately. Liver function improved significantly (the Dutch drink, even more, alcohol than we do), and diastolic blood pressure dropped as well. The same results were found at the University of Kuopio in Finland (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition) as well as Sheffield Children's Hospital in England (British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology). At Heinrich-Heine University in Germany (British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology) both healthy people and those with severe hyper-homocysteine conditions, benefited as proven by SGPT and SGOT (liver enzymes) testing.
At the famous Mayo Clinic (Expert Opinion in Pharmacotherapy) people with non-alcoholic fatty liver were given Betaine with impressive results. This is intimately related to the epidemic of diabetes and other blood sugar problems we now suffer from. Many people have fatty liver disease, but simply don't know it. The same results were found at the famous Stanford University (Review of Gastrological Disorders). Later at the Mayo Clinic (Best Practices in Research in Clinical Gastroenterology) doctors successfully treated non-alcoholic steatohepatitis. Anyone with hepatitis should do this program for two years.
Doctors at the University of Virginia (Current Treatments in Gastroenterology) gave Betaine to people with non-alcoholic fatty livers. They suggested this as a superior treatment for drugs, along with better food choices. Fatty liver leads to far more serious conditions including early death. The same results were found at Loyola University (Nutrition Reviews).
Beets are a superfood, plain and simple; you just need to start eating them but in many cases it is much easier to use BETAFOOD.
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