3 herbs to detox your liver

These three herbs have detoxifying properties for your liver. See how much you should take and what side effects you may experience.

1. Dandelion

Related to chicory, dandelion’s historical uses include treating upset stomach, heartburn, and spleen ailments, plus enhancing immunity. Some health practitioners recommend dandelion to stimulate the liver and kidneys to filter toxins out of the blood.

Recommended dose
500 mg standardized powdered leaf or root extract one to three times daily.

May trigger allergies. Avoid if you have gallbladder problems.

2. Aloe vera

Commonly used to help soothe burns and heal wounds topically, aloe gel also has antioxidant and hepatoprotective properties and may be taken to help support detoxification.

Recommended dose
Between 100 mg and 5 g dehydrated powder in capsules or mixed into juice daily.

May cause cramping, diarrhea, and lower blood sugar levels. Never consume the green part of the leaf surrounding the gel, called aloe latex, which is associated with toxic effects, including kidney failure.

3. Milk thistle

Its active component, silymarin, exhibits antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that may help repair damaged liver cells and protect new cells from toxins.

Recommended dose
200–400 mg one to three times per day or 100–200 mg silymarin-phiohatidylcholine complex two times per day.

May cause an upset stomach, diarrhea, or bloating. Avoid if you’re allergic to other members of the daisy family.

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