Pro­tect­ing your liver

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - BODY, MIND & SOUL -

AS with ev­ery new year, res­o­lu­tions are made in an at­tempt to im­prove one’s life.

Un­doubt­edly, many would prob­a­bly in­volve money or health. Of the lat­ter, the com­mon res­o­lu­tion for any healthy hu­man would be to ei­ther ex­er­cise more or eat healthier.

This year, that res­o­lu­tion comes head-to-head with the Chi­nese New Year, a time when the con­cept of healthy eat­ing can be a chal­lenge.

One or­gan that is cru­cial for the healthy func­tion­ing of the body is the liver; an or­gan that is eas­ily over­looked.

Liver dam­age can be an ac­cu­mu­lated process that is caused by poor di­etary pref­er­ences and life­style choices.

The liver plays an im­por­tant role in all bod­ily func­tions and ac­counts for the well-be­ing of other or­gans. It is the only or­gan that has the abil­ity to re­new and heal it­self.

Dur­ing fes­tive sea­sons, there is a ten­dency to con­sume rich and of­ten un­healthy food.

Ex­ces­sive food gets stored in the liver in the form of fat.

The liver weighs about 1.4kg and when more than 5% of it con­sists of fat, it leads to a con­di­tion called fatty liver.

This is the early stage of liver mal­func­tion and usu­ally gives rise to mild symp­toms such as dark cir­cles (around the eyes), bad breath, fre­quent headaches, poor con­cen­tra­tion and mem­ory, skin itch­i­ness and weight gain.

Fat stored in the liver are at times con­verted into en­ergy, ex­ces­sive fats make it sus­cep­ti­ble to dam­age from harm­ful sub­stances, lead­ing to in­flam­ma­tion.

If liver cells can­not han­dle the dam­age, they die and form tis­sue scars in­stead of new cells.

This prob­lem is com­mon among those who con­sume al­co­hol fre­quently as al­co­hol is high in calo­ries and toxic to the liver. It dou­bles the risk of liver dam­age.

Be­cause Chi­nese New Year is an an­nual oc­ca­sion, the dam­age may seem lit­tle in the long run, but the ac­cu­mu­la­tion of a year’s worth of overindul­gence cer­tainly puts a strain on the liver.

While liver dam­age can be re­versed be­fore it gets se­vere, it can only be done be­fore it is se­ri­ously dam­aged.

Scar tis­sues that re­place dead cells mean less liv­ing cells work­ing to break down tox­ins in the body. The liver be­comes hard- ened.

Ac­cord­ing to most haepa­tol­o­gists, there is no treat­ment for liver har­den­ing and the med­i­ca­tions avail­able merely help to con­trol the symp­toms.

While en­joy­ing good food and qual­ity time with friends and fam­ily, tak­ing milk this­tle helps to im­prove the health of the liver.

Milk this­tle has the ac­tive in­gre­di­ent sily­bin, which pos­sesses liver regenerating abil­i­ties.

Sily­bin is able to en­hance pro­tein syn­the­sis and re­gen­er­ate new liver cells, restor­ing the nor­mal func­tions of the liver.

Choose a milk this­tle that is stan­dard­ised to 80% of ac­tive in­gre­di­ents sily­bin, the high­est avail­able in the mar­ket.

Tak­ing a stan­dard­ised for­mula en­ables one to cal­cu­late the to­tal sily­bin to con­sume for dif­fer­ent health needs.

Over­com­ing fes­tive hang­overs

Milk this­tle is a tra­di­tional rem­edy for hang­overs. Take one cap­sule be­fore and af­ter drink­ing to help cope bet­ter with a hang­over. It also lim­its the neg­a­tive im­pact of al­co­hol on your liver.

This in­for­ma­tion is brought to you by an in-house phar­ma­cist at Cam­bert (M) Sdn Bhd. For de­tails, call 1300 881 712 or e-mail en­quiry@cam­bert.com.my

Milk this­tle has the ac­tive in­gre­di­ent sily­bin, which pos­sesses liver regenerating abil­i­ties.

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