In this day and age, detoxification is more important than ever. Listed below are five very helpful agents to support detoxification and help your body to find balance. There are many 'Fad' detox programs on the market which do not really help you to create balanced health. Simply including these five compounds to your diet will help make a good start. Having a principled approach to eating a diet high in vegetables and fruits is also essential.
Fiber supports the solid waste elimination / excretion of toxins and the integrity of the intestinal barrier which reduces toxic burdens. Also, fiber can directly bind some toxins thatby removing them before they enter the body and cause damage.
High Quality Protein provides methionine and cystine which are beneficial to enhance the detoxification process and may help with the excretion of heavy metals. Methionine is important in the treatment of rheumatic fever and pregnancy-induced toxemia. With the help of choline and folic acid, methionine is a chelator for heavy metals and helps remove them from the body.
N-Acetyl-Cysteine – NAC is a chelator of heavy metals. In other words, NAC binds to toxic heavy metals such as mercury and lead, and removes them from the body. NAC has been shown to be an antidote for acetaminophen (Tylenol) poisoning, mercury poisoning, and even arsenic poisoning. Cancer research has shown that NAC dramatically reduces the ability of a tumor to invade surrounding tissue. In one study, NAC decreed the number of metastases by 80% when cancer cells were pretreated with NAC. Immunologically, NAC greatly advances T-cell production. In fact, all AIDS patients are deficient in NAC and glutathione. NAC suppresses the replication of HIV in vitro and enhances the ability of certain immune cells and kill pathogens.
Artichoke has been shown to be a natural remedy which improves various digestive health disorders, shown to significantly lower blood cholesterol levels, prevent heart disease and atherosclerosis – plaque problems, enhance detoxification reactions, as well as protect the liver from damage. This combination of benefits is very important to healthy liver function. During detoxification of the liver, the toxic substance is often initially converted to an even more toxic form. Without adequate protection, every time the liver neutralizes a toxin, it is damaged in this process. Artichoke extract has been shown to provide these valuable preventive health benefits and protection.
Milk Thistle Silymarin has been used in Europe for years. It has powerful antioxidant properties which protect our bodies cells from damage caused by a chemical process called oxidation. Silymarin creates an anti-inflammatory effect which keeps liver cells from swelling when injured by the processing of toxins. It seems to encourage liver cell growth by altering the outer layer of liver cells and also prevails certain toxins from getting into liver cells. Silymarin increases glutathione, the most abundant antioxidant in the liver, to help enhance liver detoxification.