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Having a well-functioning liver is essential to being fit and healthy, so you need to treat it well so it can do its job properly. While it goes without saying that maintaining a healthy lifestyle and limiting alcohol intake are the best ways to maximize liver function, certain supplements and vitamins can help your liver work well.

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Zinc

Zinc is an essential element that promotes cell division, and chronic liver disease can lead to a zinc deficiency in the body.

Studies have shown that zinc supplementation could help protect your liver from oxidative stress caused by hepatitis C infection.

Other studies have shown long-term zinc supplementation may help support liver function in liver disease patients.



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The five best supplements to take for your liver

Liquorice root

Liquorice root contains an active compound called glycyrrhizic acid, which can help to reduce liver inflammation and can help damaged cells regenerate.

A clinical trial from 2021 found weekly injections of glycyrrhizic acid in hepatitis C patients helped reduce symptoms.



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Milk thistle

Milk thistle

Milk thistle is a herbal supplement derived from the purple prickly plant you find commonly across the UK.

The herbal remedy acts as an antioxidant, it’s believed to reduce the damage free radicals impose on the liver after the organ metabolizes toxic substances.

There’s an active compound in the milk thistle plant called silymarin that’s been shown to help reduce inflammation, regenerate liver tissues, and protect liver cells from damage in lab studies.

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Artichoke leaf

Artichoke extract, which contains high concentrations of compounds found in the plant, is increasingly popular as a supplement and has been used for centuries for its potential medicinal qualities.

Studies suggest that artichoke leaves can help protect the liver, ad research conducted on animals shows it may help cells in the liver regenerate.

Its other alleged health benefits include lower blood sugar levels and improved digestion and heart health.



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Supplements

Ginger

Not only one of the most popular spices in the world, but ginger is also known for its ability to reduce inflammation and is commonly used as an at-home remedy for allergies.

There is also evidence ginger can help your liver.

Studies found the root may help restore blood composition, protect against liver fibrosis, and schistosomiasis.