Can a plantain from Asia keep liver disease at bay?

Plantago asiatica, also known as Chinese plantain, is a useful plant that belongs to the plantain or fleawort (Plantaginaceae) family. It is native to East Asia, where it’s widely used as a folk medicine for a variety of ailments, such as digestive problems, urinary system inflammation and liver disease. In Japan, the leaves of Chinese plantain are … Continue reading Can a plantain from Asia keep liver disease at bay?

Protect your liver from drug-induced toxins with creeping marshweed herb

The liver plays a central role in all metabolic processes occurring inside the body. It is also responsible for metabolizing a number of xenobiotics, or synthetic chemicals. Because of its functions, the liver is more exposed to toxic chemical substances — particularly modern medications — than any organ in the body. Hepatoxicity, or liver damage caused by … Continue reading Protect your liver from drug-induced toxins with creeping marshweed herb

At least 80% of people with diabetes also have fatty liver, warns endocrinologist

As an organ the size of a football, the liver plays an outsized role in maintaining good health. It filters out toxins in the bloodstream, breaks down fats, stores nutrients and balances energy metabolism. It also breaks down alcohol in the blood and helps create proteins responsible for blood clotting. This being said, the effects of an unhealthy liver can ripple through … Continue reading At least 80% of people with diabetes also have fatty liver, warns endocrinologist

Hepatoprotective activity of Limnophila repens (creeping marshweed) protects against paracetamol-induced toxicity

Researchers from India assessed the hepatoprotective activity of Limnophila repens (creeping marshweed) against paracetamol. They reported their findings in a study published in the International Journal of Green Pharmacy. The liver plays a central role in all metabolic processes inside the body. It is responsible for metabolizing a number of xenobiotics.Because of its function, the liver is … Continue reading Hepatoprotective activity of Limnophila repens (creeping marshweed) protects against paracetamol-induced toxicity

How does oral microbiota increase liver cancer risk?

Poor oral hygiene not only affects dental health, causing tooth decay and gum disease, but it can also lead to heart disease and diabetes. Now, recent research suggests that poor oral health can also increase your risk of developing certain cancers. A study published in the United European Gastroenterology Journal found an association between poor oral health and an … Continue reading How does oral microbiota increase liver cancer risk?

Oral health, gut microbiome and cancer prevention: Poor dental hygiene is associated with 75 percent INCREASED RISK of liver cancer

As it turns out, regularly brushing and flossing your teeth protects more than just your smile. In a new study published in the United European Gastrenterology Journal, researchers from Queen’s University Belfast said poor oral health may be linked to an increased risk for a specific type of liver cancer. According to Haydée WT Jordão, a researcher at the Centre … Continue reading Oral health, gut microbiome and cancer prevention: Poor dental hygiene is associated with 75 percent INCREASED RISK of liver cancer

Huge finding: Japanese knotweed can inhibit growth of (and destroy) liver cancer stem cells

Japanese knotweed or Polygonum cuspidatum is a perennial plant that belongs to the buckwheat family. While it is considered to be an aggressive weed by many, it is also edible — at a certain time of the year. Japanese knotweed also contains vitamins and minerals and has been used in traditional medicine for centuries. In a study published in … Continue reading Huge finding: Japanese knotweed can inhibit growth of (and destroy) liver cancer stem cells

Baicalin treatment found to have hepatoprotective effects on acetaminophen-induced liver injury

A study published in The American Journal of Chinese Medicine assessed the protective effects of baicalin, a major flavonoid of Scutellariae radix, on liver injury in a mouse model. The study was carried out by researchers at Chang Gung University in Taiwan. Acetaminophen causes acute liver failure, and baicalin has been reported to have liver-protective properties in traditional medicine.For the … Continue reading Baicalin treatment found to have hepatoprotective effects on acetaminophen-induced liver injury

Fructose can cause far more damage than glucose

Sugar is more complicated than it lets on. For one, the sweet-tasting carbohydrate is a paradox in itself: It’s found in nature – plants are great sources of it – but it’s also a risk factor in many chronic diseases, and as recent studies put it, a substance as damaging and addictive as alcohol. In particular, … Continue reading Fructose can cause far more damage than glucose

Obesity, diabetes, and liver health: Scientists explain the relationship that leads to insulin resistance

In 2016, over 650 million people were diagnosed with obesity. Described as an abnormal or excessive fat accumulation, obesity is known to be detrimental to health, causing cardiovascular diseases and Type-2 diabetes. Many studies have associated obesity with Type-2 diabetes, but why they did was never completely understood. This lack of information led to a study conducted … Continue reading Obesity, diabetes, and liver health: Scientists explain the relationship that leads to insulin resistance