Q: I really let myself indulge this winter, and I’m starting to feel the effects. I would love to do a green juice cleanse to reset my liver for spring, but my schedule is so packed right now that I can’t risk being tired and cranky for a few days. Could a supplement help instead?
A: You’re smart to want to give your liver a helping hand. Exposure to environmental toxins, processed carbohydrates and sugar can damage liver cells and impede the organ’s ability to burn fat and flush toxins efficiently.
Fortunately, supplementing with
750 mg of milk thistle (like Life Extension European Milk Thistle, LEF.com/ffw) twice daily can help give the organ a boost if you don’t have time to detox. This plant extract contains a group of powerful antioxidants (called silymarins) that heal and repair damaged liver cells, neutralize built-up toxins and heavy metals, and spur the growth of new liver cells. Plus, a study in the journal Planta Medica found that milk thistle increases the body’s levels of key detoxification enzymes by 35 percent. For best results, continue taking for up to a month until you feel fully refreshed and recharged.