How often do you take your liver for granted? What we eat and how we live our lives do affect liver health, even without us noticing. The liver is the main detoxification hub in our body, therefore it is important look after our liver and increase our awareness of liver disease to treat it before it is too late.
Some possible symptoms of poor liver health include frequent fatigue, jaundice, fluid retention at lower extremities, skin over-sensitivity, and such. A fatty liver may develop without any noticeable symptoms in the early stages. Fatty liver is diagnosed when there is 5% or more of fat in the liver.
Simultaneously, free radicals will attack the phospholipid bilayer, causing damage. Phospholipids are the building blocks of cell membranes, therefore the body requires a constant supply to repair damaged liver cell membrane.
The phospholipids layer is very important as it is the structural make up of liver cell membrane, and encloses cytoplasm and other contents of a cell. Among all types of phospholipids, phosphatidylcholine (PC) is the most abundant that make up the liver cell membrane.
PC is vital in maintaining the shape of the membrane and needed for proper functioning of liver cells. Damage to the liver cell membrane has been shown to affect liver homeostasis, liver damage, and the recovery process of the liver.
Dietary supplement of the PC at 900mg daily for three months has shown to improve the liver conditions of people diagnosed with fatty liver, liver fibrosis, hepatitis, and even alcoholic cirrhosis.
Besides phospholipids, B vitamins are also very important in supporting a healthy liver. B vitamins are often found deficient in people with liver diseases. Furthermore, B vitamins are needed as co-factor to release energy from foods consumed.
For instance, the fats we take in require B vitamins for metabolism to generate energy, so the large fat molecules will not continuously deposit in liver cell membranes.
In addition, B vitamins are involved in glutathione production, which is important in detoxification. Glutathione is an internal source of antioxidant combating free radicals and facilitates elimination of xenobiotics (e.g. drugs, medication, pollutants).
Vitamin E, on the other hand, is an important antioxidant in the cell antioxidant defence system. It helps neutralise free radicals before they damage the phospholipid bilayer of the liver cell membrane.
Studies have shown that subjects who consume essential phospholipids, PC. together with B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B6, B12) and vitamin E are able to improve their liver functions.
The liver is the only organ that is able to regenerate and repair itself under damage. However, we need to ensure an adequate supply of the essential phospholipids for its regeneration.
Essential phospholipids with B vitamins and vitamin E have been clinically proven to improve liver functions among people with fatty liver, liver fibrosis and cirrhosis.
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