Liver Diseases : Fatty Liver to Liver Cancer

Liver Cancer

Fatty Liver

Fatty liver is just what its name suggests: the build-up of fat in the liver cells. Although this is not a normal condition, fat in the liver usually causes no damage by itself. However, on some occasions it can be a sign that other more harmful conditions are at work. Fatty liver may be associated with or may lead to inflammation of the liver. This can cause scarring and hardening of the liver. When scarring becomes extensive, it is called cirrhosis, and this is a very serious condition.

A physical examination that reveals an enlarged liver without any other symptoms suggests fatty liver. The diagnosis may be confirmed by performing a liver biopsy, in which a long hollow needle is used to obtain a small tissue sample for examination under a microscope.

The mere presence of excessive fat in the liver is not a serious problem. Treatment aims at eliminating the cause or treating the underlying disorder. Repeated liver injury from toxic substances such as alcohol may eventually progress from fatty liver to cirrhosis.

CAUSES: Obesity, Diabetes Mellitus, high blood triglycerides, heavy use of alcohol, Vitamin A toxicity, drugs, and possibly other unknown causes.

Liver Cirrhosis

Cirrhosis is a potentially life-threatening condition that occurs when scarring damages the liver. This scarring (also called fibrosis) replaces healthy tissue and prevents the liver from working normally. Cirrhosis usually develops after years of liver inflammation.

In the United States, the major causes of cirrhosis are drinking excessive amounts of alcohol over many years or having certain forms of viral hepatitis (mainly hepatitis B or C). There are several other causes of cirrhosis that are less common and some people have cirrhosis without an obvious cause (cryptogenic cirrhosis).

As cirrhosis develops, scar tissue surrounds normal liver cells, making the tissue bumpy, or nodular. This nodular liver tissue can block the bile ducts or make them swollen, which can cause bile to back up in the liver and bloodstream.

Scar tissue also may block blood flow through the liver. Obstruction of blood flow can cause the veins that bring blood to the liver to become larger and may lead to high blood pressure in the veins that flow from the intestines to the liver (portal hypertension).

CAUSES: Alcoholic liver disease; Chronic Hepatitis B, C, and D; Autoimmune Hepatitis; Inherited diseases; Blocked bile ducts; Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH); Drugs, toxins, and infections.

About Milk Thistle

Milk Thistle, also known as Silybum marianum or Holy Thistle, has been used for over 2,000 years to support healthy liver and gall bladder function. The plant gets its name from the milky white fluid that is expressed from the leaves when they are crushed. The active ingredient in Milk Thistle, the one believed to help support liver health, is known as Silymarin. Silymarin has antioxidant properties and may help protect liver cells from damage by environmental toxins and support overall liver health. In fact, Milk Thistle is the world's most researched and #1-selling herb for liver health.

Health Benefits of Milk Thistle

Milk Thistle has traditionally been used for its antioxidant and hepato-protective properties to support healthy liver function. Milk Thistle's benefits include the following:

  • It is the #1-selling herb for maintaining the functional efficacy of the liver*
  • Has antioxidant properties and supports overall liver health*
  • Helps protect the liver from toxins in the air, food, and water*
  • May offer protection to the liver from side effects of certain drugs (e.g. acetaminophen (Tylenol) and statins), which can cause liver damage in high doses or when used over extended periods of time*
  • May protect the liver from potentially dangerous free radical damage produced as a result of the body’s basic metabolic functions*

Milk Thistle Gold (175 mg, 90 veg caps)

Milk Thistle Gold (175 mg, 90 veg caps)
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#1 Milk Thistle Gold - Most Researched, Clinically-Proven Herb for Liver - 175 mg (90 veg capsules) by NutriGold
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  • Milk Thistle Gold™ Highlights
  • Milk Thistle Gold is formulated using the most clinically-studied milk thistle extract in the world, with a proven record of safety and effectiveness
  • The extract used in Milk Thistle Gold™ has been the subject of over 100 clinical studies
  • 2x more bioavailable than standard milk thistle preparations
  • Standardized to ALL six isomers of silymarin, consistent with United States Pharmacopeia specifications
  • Pharmaceutical Grade - guaranteed purity, potency, stability, solubility, structure, bioavailability, and bioactivity
  • Verified free of corn, egg, gluten, milk, peanut, shellfish, and soy allergens by an independent lab
  • NO magnesium stearate, stearic aicd, dioxides, sulfates, artificial ingredients, or preservatives
  • Verified non-GMO by the Non-GMO Project™ Product Verification Program
  • Certified vegan and kosher
  • 175 mg per veggie capsule / 90 capsules per bottle
  • Manufactured to stringent cGMP standards
  • Milk Thistle Gold™ Key Health Benefit: Support liver detoxification and healthy liver function*

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Suggested Usage

As a dietary supplement, adults take one (1) veggie capsule 1 to 3 times daily with food, or as directed by a healthcare professional.

Supplement Facts
Serving Size: 1 veggie capsule
Servings per Container: 90

Amount per
serving
% Daily
Value
Milk Thistle Extract
      (Silybum marianum [seed] standardized
      to 80% silymarins including silybinin,
      isolsilybinin, silychristin, and silydianin)
175 mg
†Daily Value not established.

Caution

Please consult your healthcare professional before taking this supplement if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or taking any medications. Store in original container away from moisture and direct sunlight. Keep out of reach of children.

Know your Liver:

  • Liver is the biggest and the most complex organ in the body with more than 500 functions
  • The liver is an "incredible chemical factory," producing many important chemical compounds needed to survive, such as bile, albumin, blood clotting factors, cholesterol, Vitamin E.
  • Converts amino acids (proteins) and lipids into glucose, a complex process catalyzed by a series of enzymes
  • Plays a major role in maintaining normal blood sugar levels, an important source of energy for the brain, heart and muscles.
  • Performs numerous other functions such as regulating lipids or metabolizing prescribed and over the counter drugs, alcohol, and many other ingested chemicals such as caffeine, etc.
  • Helps digest the food we eat and assists in ridding our body of many toxins.
  • Eliminates various harmful chemicals from the body. Treats about 1,300 ml of blood per minute, thereby acting as the body's "garbage disposal."

Liver dysfunctions may take many forms

  • 4,000,000 people have Hepatitis C in the United States, causing 10,000 deaths every year.
  • Cirrhosis of the liver is the eighth leading cause of death in the United States - kills 25,000 people per year.
  • Commonly prescribed cholesterol-lowering medications such as statins (e.g. Lipitor), among many other chemical drugs, are known to be toxic to the liver.
  • Widely taken OTC medications are not as safe as they seem. For example, Acetaminophen (e.g. Tylenol) can be toxic to the liver and its toxicity can be accentuated by alcohol.
  • The American Journal of Emergency Medicine, notes that in one year, hospitals treated over 26,765 patients for alcohol toxicity and another 16,635 for Acetaminophen (Tylenol) toxicity.
  • Fatigue, aches, and pain in joints and muscles, frequent headaches, stress and appetite fluctuations may be signs of an over-worked liver.

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