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N-ACETYL­CYS­TEINE (NAC). Tis po­tent an­tiox­i­dant is stocked in hos­pi­tal emer­gency rooms to treat ac­etaminophen over­dose. Like Amanita mush­rooms, ac­etaminophen dam­ages the liver pri­mar­ily by block­ing the pro­duc­tion of glu­tathione, an an­tiox­i­dant re­quired for detox. NAC is a pre­cur­sor to glu­tathione and can heal the liver if taken soon enough. As a re­li­able de­fense against low lev­els of tox­ins, take 500–600 mg daily.

MILK THIS­TLE. Tis ven­er­a­ble herb has been used medic­i­nally for at least 2,000 years. Re­cent re­search has clearly demon­strated that it is a pow­er­ful an­tiox­i­dant, pro­tects against liver dam­age, and re­duces the toxic efects of drugs and other chem­i­cals. Si­ly­marin is the con­cen­trated ex­tract of milk this­tle, and at least 50 per­cent of it con­sists of sily­bin, a po­tent con­stituent. Take 100–200 mg daily of si­ly­marin, the con­cen­trated ex­tract of milk this­tle.

AL­PHA-LIPOIC ACID. Bur­ton Berk­son, MD, of Las Cruces, N.M., has long used this an­tiox­i­dant to treat pa­tients with liver cir­rho­sis, liver fail­ure, Amanita mush­room poi­son­ing, and other dis­eases. He of­ten ad­min­is­ters it with si­ly­marin and se­le­nium. Al­pha-lipoic acid func­tions as a pre­cur­sor to glu­tathione, helps main­tain nor­mal liver func­tion, and can help re­gen­er­ate dam­aged liver tis­sue. Take 100–200 mg daily. Amounts up to 600 mg are safe.

SE­LE­NIUM. Te liver uses se­le­nium to make glu­tathione per­ox­i­dase, one of sev­eral glu­tathione-based com­pounds needed for liver detox­if­ca­tion. Ideally, it should be com­bined with NAC or al­phalipoic acid. Take 200 mcg daily, an amount found in many mul­ti­vi­ta­min/mul­ti­min­eral sup­ple­ments.

MUL­TI­VI­TA­MIN. Te B-com­plex vi­ta­mins and an­tiox­i­dants (e.g., vi­ta­mins C and E and carotenoids) are needed to sup­port the liver’s Phase 1 en­zymes and the ini­tial step in detox­if­ca­tion. Fol­low la­bel di­rec­tions in tak­ing a daily mul­ti­vi­ta­min sup­ple­ment.

AMINO ACIDS. Te liver uses these build­ing blocks of pro­tein to sup­port its Phase 2 detox­if­ca­tion en­zymes. Me­thio­n­ine and NAC are the most im­por­tant amino acids in Phase 2 detox­if­ca­tion. You can also opt for a multi-amino acid sup­ple­ment. Sul­fur-con­tain­ing amino acids, which are most abun­dant in an­i­mal pro­teins, are es­sen­tial for the liver’s Phase 2 en­zymes. Ad­di­tional sources of sul­fur in­clude gar­lic and cru­cif­er­ous veg­eta­bles, such as broc­coli and cauli­fower. In prac­ti­cal terms, this means eat­ing suf­fi­cient pro­tein (e.g., chicken, tur­key, fsh, and grass-fed beef) and am­ple veg­eta­bles.

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