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Detoxification with Food Supplements and Herbs


  • Nutrition

    focus on: Detoxification



  • Good health is determined by many factors, one of

    which is the bodys ability to detoxify effectively. This

    is the process whereby toxins, compounds that have

    harmful effects on cells, are either neutralised or

    excreted from the body. Exposure to toxic substances

    is unavoidable, as they are present everywhere in

    the atmosphere, the food we eat and the water we

    drink. A significant amount of toxins are also

    generated within the body as a result of the

    metabolic processes that go on within it.

    The liver, alongside the intestines and kidneys,

    is a primary organ of detoxification. All the

    toxins that accumulate in the body pass

    through the liver to render them harmless;

    as such, the liver bears a large

    responsibility in cleansing the body.

    Modern living has seen a tremendous

    rise in the toxic load the liver has to

    deal with, leading to an overburdened

    liver in some individuals. It is

    believed that conditions such as

    psoriasis, acne, chronic headaches,

    inflammatory and autoimmune

    diseases, and chronic fatigue may

    in part be a consequence of poor

    liver function.

    Nutrition focus on: Detoxification


  • 1 Mobilisation withlipotrophic nutrients

    The production of bile from the liver

    is vital to detoxification since this

    fluid acts to remove fat-soluble

    toxins from the blood. Low secretion

    of bile may result in cholesterol and

    other fat-soluble toxins building up in

    the liver. There are numerous

    lipotrophic agents, substances

    known to encourage the expulsion of

    fat from the liver, which may help to

    encourage detoxification.

    Choline and Inositol

    Choline is known to play a vital role in fat metabolism by helping

    to promote the flow of fat through the liver. Lack of choline may

    cause stagnation of fat in the liver and in turn hamper its capacity

    to break down fat. Its importance in liver health is evident from the

    scientific research, for example, in one study subjects who were

    put on a choline-deficient diet developed fatty infiltration of the

    liver and other signs of liver dysfunction.

    As inositol works in close alliance with choline to assist fat

    metabolism in the liver, it is useful to take these two nutrients

    in combination.


    The amino acid methionine assists in the breakdown of fats and

    so may help to prevent an accumulation of fat in the liver. Possibly

    as a result of methionines ability to raise levels of another amino

    acid taurine, which is known to stimulate bile flow. In addition,

    methionines potential antioxidant effects may help to protect the

    liver from free radicals, the harmful by-products of detoxification.


    Artichoke is commonly used for assisting detoxification owing to

    its choleretic effects (gentle bile stimulating properties). Cynarin,

    a key active compound in artichoke, has been shown to have

    powerful antioxidant properties and therefore may help to prevent

    cell damage in the liver. Poor bile flow is associated with fatty

    meal intolerance and irregular bowel habits and studies show

    artichoke to be of use for these conditions.

    The level used in scientific research of note, is generally 320mg

    of artichoke leaf extract, standardised to contain 5% cynarin.


  • 2 Prevention against re-circulation

    Liver detoxification occurs in two phases. Phase 1

    relies on the presence of various nutrients such as

    riboflavin (vitamin B2), niacin (vitamin B3), folic acid,

    cobalamin (vitamin B12), pyridoxine (vitamin B6) and

    iron, all of which can be found in a good multivitamin

    and mineral complex. Completion of phase 2

    requires an adequate supply of antioxidants, which

    are believed to bind to intermediary toxins to allow

    their expulsion from the body. Lack of antioxidants

    may result in the reabsorption of toxins in the body.

    Alpha Lipoic Acid

    Alpha Lipoic acid is considered to be an excellent

    antioxidant particularly because it works in both

    water and fat environments unlike most antioxidants

    such as vitamin C and vitamin E which are specific to

    water and fat respectively. It is popular as a liver

    support since it may protect the liver from free radical

    damage and help promote elimination of toxins from

    the body. For detoxification purposes a dose of 250 to

    500 grams is suggested, depending on an individuals

    toxic state.


    Large stores of glutathione are found in the liver

    where it acts to detoxify harmful compounds such

    as heavy metals, solvents and pesticides.

    Glutathione binds to these fat-soluble toxins to

    convert them into a water-soluble form, which

    is important since fat-soluble toxins are not easily

    excreted from the body. Additionally, glutathione is

    a strong antioxidant and so may protect the liver

    from free radicals.


    Glutamine is often used in practice to help heal

    and strengthen the gut wall in situations such as

    leaky gut syndrome. It is thought to act as fuel for

    cells and may assist in sealing gaps in the gut wall.

    This is an important function since a damaged gut

    wall may allow toxins to be reabsorbed into the

    body. Antioxidant function may also be enhanced

    by glutamine.

    As a relevant dose of glutamine for gut function is

    quite hard to achieve from the level afforded by

    capsules, a powder form is preferable for ease of

    use. It should also be in its natural L free-form as

    this means it is ready to be absorbed and used by

    the body.

    Green Tea

    Researchers have shown green tea (Camellia

    sinensis) to be a powerful antioxidant and free

    radical scavenger. These effects have been

    attributed to compounds known as catechins

    (polyphenols) found in high quality green tea leaf

    extracts, which may help to support detoxification.

    Experts recommend using a green tea extract

    standardised to provide 250mg catechins to

    ensure a relevant potency.


    Nutrition focus on: Detoxification

  • 3 Elimination

    Once toxins have been metabolised into less

    harmful molecules they need to be eliminated to

    prevent them accumulating and being reabsorbed

    into the blood. The healthy functioning of the

    bowel is necessary in order for this to occur

    properly. A balanced diet incorporating plenty of

    fruit and vegetables and adequate water intake

    alongside the use of supplements may help to

    regulate bowel movements.

    Fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS)

    FOS (fructo-oligosaccharides), a source of soluble

    fibre, has been studied for its effects on bowel

    health. Research has demonstrated that FOS draws

    water into the waste matter helping to gently bulk

    up the stools and facilitate easier bowel motions.

    Furthermore, FOS has a prebiotic effect meaning

    that it may help to feed the friendly gut bacteria,

    which produce substances that stimulate peristalsis.

    Use FOS that is derived naturally from chicory root,

    since it is only the natural form of FOS that has

    been scientifically proven to support bowel health.

    Synthetic versions, usually made from sugar beet,

    do not offer the same health benefits.


    Artichoke is purported to regulate bowel movements

    by stimulating the production of bile and in turn

    encouraging peristalsis. It is especially useful to use

    artichoke alongside FOS in cases where irregular

    bowel movements are a longstanding issue. A high

    potency artichoke extract standardised upon 5%

    cynarin is recommended since this is the level used

    in scientific studies of note.


    The friendly bacteria in the gut are vital for optimal

    gut health yet many factors such as medication,

    stress and illness are known to deplete levels.

    Similarly, the large intestine needs re-seeding after

    a detox programme and the easiest way for this to

    be achieved is through a probiotic supplement. The

    suggested level is 10 billion live bacteria per capsule.


  • NUTRIENTS Suggested Daily Dose

    General Multivitamin and A broad-spectrum multivitamin and mineral complex

    Mineral Complex To include 200g selenium, 14mg of iron and good levels of the

    B vitamins.

    Lipotrophic Choline and Inositol Choline 200mg and Inositol 200mg

    L-Methionine 500mg, twice daily

    Use L-Methionine presented in its free-form, as this means it is

    ready to be absorbed and used by the body.

    Artichoke 320mg of extract 2 tablets with each meal.

    Maximum of 6 tablets per day.

    Use an artichoke extract that is standardised to 5% cynarin.

    Prevention Green Tea 500mg of extract

    against Use a green tea extract that is standardised to provid