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Liver issues that should not be ignored

Liver issues that should not be ignored

The liver is the largest internal organ in the body and when it is diagnosed to contain over 5% fat, then it is a fatty liver.
This means the liver is not functioning properly, as it should break down fat, not accumulate it.
Many do not think that a fatty liver is a big health issue, but according to Malaysian Liver Foundation (MLF) president Tan Sri Dr Ismail Merican, about 60% of Malaysians risk dying due to fatty liver – largely because they are unaware of or ignore the problem.

A seemingly benign condition
The risk factors for having a fatty liver include:
• alcohol consumption
• being overweight or obese
• unhealthy diet intake (food high in fat or carbohydrates)
• long-term medication use
• rapid weight loss
• exposure to chemicals, pollution or contamination
• metabolic conditions (such as Type 2 diabetes, hyperlipidemia)
• virus infection
• family history
Liver is a super worker that does not complain until almost exhausted.
Known as the silent organ, it has limited nerves, which means poor liver health rarely shows direct symptoms.
Similarly, fatty liver does not significantly affect health although its presence means you may be at risk of getting liver disease.
Fat accumulation in the liver is an early indicator of poor liver health.
The accumulated fat is prone to be oxidised by free radicals, which causes eventual damage, and inflammation of liver cell membranes, which progresses to chronic liver condition.

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Healthy liver (left) versus fatty liver (right, with damaged membrane and inflammation).

Do not procrastinate
Liver cell membranes consist of bilayer phospholipids, which are vital for maintaining cell structure and function as they are the main building blocks for the cell membrane.
Damaged liver cell membranes indicate missing parts of the phospholipids bilayer, just like lost puzzle pieces.
Replenishing essential phospholipids is crucial as it repairs and regenerates healthy liver cells.
You also need to boost the liver’s metabolism to enhance the breaking-down process of excess fat layer and detoxification.
Nutrients your liver need to support a healing process and protect it from further damage include:
• Essential phospholipids
> solely phosphatidylcholine (a type of phospholipid that makes up 85% of liver cell membranes) isolated from soybeans
> the “regenerator” facilitates damaged liver cell membrane repair and healthy liver cell regeneration
• B vitamins
> Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6 and B12
> the “detoxifier” improves metabolism, which assists in breaking down excess fat for energy, and detoxification
• Vitamin E
> vitamin with potent antioxidant properties
> the “protector” helps minimise further damage caused by free radicals and oxidative stress

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Shine bright with Pandora’s Spring 2018 jewellery collection

Shine bright with Pandora’s Spring 2018 jewellery collection

Starting March 15, jewellery brand Pandora will be launching its Spring collection, featuring Pandora Shine.

Premiering through Pandora Shine is the Bee Mine and Ray of Sunshine series which will be available for a limited time only.

Pandora Shine

This season, Pandora makes gold accessible with an exquisite new precious metal, Pandora Shine. Crafted in 18k gold-plated sterling silver, Pandora Shine is the latest addition to Pandora’s selection of high-quality metals, building a fascinating story upon the best-loved sterling silver and Pandora Rose jewellery.

Inspired by the gorgeous glow of the sun, the beautiful golden tone of the Shine collection focuses on highlighting the personality and uniqueness of its wearer, letting women feel creative in their self-expression and shine from the inside out.

Pandora

The stunning golden hues and details featured in the collection will make for gorgeous statement pieces.

Premiering in the Bee Mine and Rays of Sunshine jewellery series as well as iconic Pandora designs and limited edition styles, Pandora Shine is ideal for creating eye-catching, sun-kissed looks. Mix, match and style the new pieces in a unique way that will enhance your natural radiance.

Pandora’s Bee Mine

Pandora

The bee-themed collection is sure to make a buzz.

Also premiering is the alluring, new bee-themed collection, Bee Mine. Vibrant, skilfully hand-finished details tell a beautiful story on Pandora’s nature-inspired Bee Mine jewellery in Pandora Shine.

A symbol of power, intricately crafted bees create a buzz on the season’s captivating novelties. The glossy honey colours, black enamel stripes and yellow and clear cubic zirconia stones shine wonderfully on elegant charms, stud earrings and necklace pendants inspired by the geometric structure of honeycombs.

A fresh take on Pandora’s iconic snake chain bracelet, a contemporary new bracelet design puts a chic spin on any look, featuring a sliding clasp and an innovative mix-and- match end part. Stack the earrings and make a layered style statement with slender necklace chains, charms and pendants.

Complete the look with the gorgeously glowing pieces of the Rays of Sunshine collection.

The new collection is available at selected stores only: Mid Valley Megamall, Pavilion KL, Suria KLCC,
Empire Shopping Gallery, SkyAvenue (Genting), Imago Mall (Kota Kinabalu) and Suria Sabah.

This article is brought to you by Pandora.

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