From Nature, three key remedies for our liver

Spring is associated to wood element in traditional Chinese medicine – symbolizing rebirth – and it is related to specific organs such as liver and gall-bladder. By encompassing such Oriental tradition, we should consider the idea to purify our “overloadedliver after winter and to help its correct function. Such an organ – actually the biggest gland of our body – works in a “silent” way so that we are not very familiar with its functions. Liver operates in a series of important activities: it intervenes in intestine mediated fat absorption, in endogenous cholesterol synthesis, in body cells’ feeding, in elimination of toxic substances (i.e. drugs), in coagulation factors’ biosynthesis and it represents a storing place for our essential nutrients such as iron, copper and vitamin B12. Liver is an endless chemical transformation laboratory helping near organs (pancreas, intestine and kidneys) with the final aim of wellness of the whole organism.

Upon considering the above concepts, I understand now the repeated recommendations to consume dandelion, lemon, artichokes and I’d like to thank my yoga teacher which makes me writhe to re-activate full liver functionality! According to Chinese medicine, liver is appointed to distribute energy in the whole body to the point that the frequent springtime tiredness sensation could be caused by overloaded liver. That’s why we should take care of such a precious organ!

A correct dietary habit is the actual starting point: food that increases gastric secretion and acts as tonic for the whole system could be useful.

  1. Artichoke (Cynara scolymus), known as “liver’s friend” in the old Literature, is one of the most cultivated edible plant in the World. Its extracts have been used since ancient times for hepatic disorders. Its beneficial properties – known since XVII century – are now supported also by scientific research which confirms the protective action on liver[1]. highlithing other therapeutic properties like the antioxidant and the activity in reducing lipid and glycemic content.[2] Artichokes protect and prevent oxidation on liver along with boldine (active principle of boldo),[3] vitamin E , C and minerals as Zinc and  Copper.
  2. Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) which is best known as “lion’s tooth”, with its very common and typical yellow flower in meadows and countryside during springtime, boasts relevant detoxification properties on liver along with diuretic actions. Dandelion, as revealed by the common name piscialetto (the italian for bed wetter) is known since the most traditional use for its capacity to help liquid drainage, both at intestinal and kidney level along with choleretic, digestive and depurative properties useful when general detox is needed.
  3. The last ingredient I’d like to talk about is Olive (Olea europaea): a common plant widely distributed in Mediterranean areas and in Italy in particular. Both fruit and leaves are full of active principles,which are collected in the standardized olive extract, in particular oleuropein and hydroxytyrosol boast beneficial properties such as antioxidant, hepatoprotective properties [4] and help lower and protect from oxidation blood LDL (low density lipoproteins) commonly known as “bad cholesterol”, which are often involved in the problems of the circulatory system.

Very common edible plants with a typical bitter taste such as artichoke, milk thistle, gentian, dandelion are well widespread in Mediterranean areas but sometimes they are not always available on our table so we can find easily in a dietary supplement which collects them in a single capsule and is formulated to help liver functions and its equilibrium. The dietary supplement Epo Stim® by BeC Natura contains all those ingredients and it could be consumed along with Depur Plus® supplement to promote physiological intestinal function and prevent overloaded liver after winter charges in order to better enjoy the benefit Springtime!

[1] Rangboo V, et al The Effect of Artichoke Leaf Extract on Alanine Aminotransferase and Aspartate Aminotransferase in the Patients with Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis International Journal of Hepatology vol. 2016, Article ID 4030476, 6 pages, 2016.
[2] Rondanelli M, et al Health-promoting properties of artichoke in preventing cardiovascular disease by its lipidic and glycemic-reducing action Monaldi Arch Chest Dis 2013; 80: 17-26
[3] Kringstein P, Cederbaum AI, Boldine prevents human liver microsomal lipid peroxidation and inactivation of cytochrome P4502E1   Free Radic Biol Med. 1995; 18: 559-63
[4] Barbaro B, et alEffects of the Olive-Derived Polyphenol Oleuropein on Human HealthInt. J. Mol. Sci. 2014, 15, 18508-18524

 

Tired and stressed during springtime? Let’s get back strength and energy from Nature!

We have all been waiting for the good season to enjoy longer days and the pleasure of sunshine, but, along with good weather, spring brings tiredness, sleepiness, irritability, fatigue, difficulty to stay focused: typical seasonal discomforts. If the problem has no biological causes and is just the consequence of spring, one can seek help from diet supplements, rich in oligo-elements and standardized vegetable extracts, to guarantee the correct daily “re-charge” to our body, along with the proper nutritional intake. Diet supplements are not meant to replace a proper diet, but to contribute to the correct balance of those nutrients that can sometimes be lacking, or that we might need to have more, in specific periods. Indeed, diet supplements can help us live better!

vitalmenteVital Mente, thanks to its composition, is suited for all the states of mental and psycho-physical fatigue and to improve peripheral microcirculation. Therefore, it is particularly suited to this period of the year. It can also be a valid help in case of tiredness associated to the change of season, or to intense work, and it can help students approach semester’s tests and final examinations, in case they feel their memory needs some support.

According to the herbal tradition, many plants can serve as remedies for tiredness. Among them Ginseng, a long used remedy in traditional eastern medicine for its ability to “energize” both mind and body, to increase physical strength and prevent ageing. These properties have recently been supported by modern research, which attributes to Ginseng a stimulating activity on cerebral function with an improvement of the learning ability and reduction of memory loss[1]. The capacity to better manage fatigue and give positive response to stress is the basis of the activity of plants defined as “adaptogens”, among which we find Eleutherococcus, also called Siberian Ginseng, for which recent studies highlight the ability to support brain function and memory[2]. Eleutherococcus acts in sinergy with Ginkgo biloba and Centella, which also are investigated for their ability to protect brain function, particularly form age-related decline[3]. Vitamin C and Vitamin E, along with Zinc and Selenium, protect cells from oxidative stress, aiding the function of the immune system. Active principles of Blueberry give relief to “heavy legs” and, together with Centella, Ginkgo biloba[4] and Zinc, they protect the eye function.

vitalmenteVitamins and minerals, particularly B-group vitamins, contained in Vital Mente are fundamental nutrients to overcome fatigue and difficulty to focus. Indeed, such nutritional factors decrease tiredness by regulating the physiological mechanisms that bring to a fuller metabolism of macro-nutrients (carbohydrates, proteins and fats), favoring the conversion of food into energy. They also express a protective activity on nervous system, together with minerals like Magnesium, Copper and Zinc, which eventually aid the cognitive function, i.e. the ability to learn and elaborate.

With the help from all these combined nutrients, we can safely overcome fatigue and stressing times, as well as periods of most intense study.

[1] Kwang-tae Choi, Botanical characteristics, pharmacological effects and medicinal components of Korean Panax ginseng C A Meyer Acta Pharmacol Sin 2008; 29 (9): 1109–1118.
[2] Panossian A, Wikman G, Evidence-based efficacy of adaptogens in fatigue, and molecular mechanisms related to their stress-protective activity Curr Clin Pharmacol. 2009; 4(3): 198-219.
[3] Howes MJ, Houghton PJ, Ethnobotanical treatment strategies against Alzheimer’s disease. Curr Alzheimer Res. 2012; 9(1):67-85.
[4] Seong Hee Shim, et al Ginkgo biloba extract and Bilberry anthocyanins improve visual function in patients with normal tension glaucoma J Med Food 2012; 15 (9): 818–823