We rarely give one of our most hard working organs, the liver, much thought unless something goes wrong. Located in the upper right hand side of the abdomen, mostly behind the rib cage, the liver produces and secretes bile into the intestine to help digest fat and it also helps purify the blood by changing potentially harmful chemicals, including drugs and toxins, into harmless ones. When the liver can’t protect adequately against chemical assaults, the impact on health can be serious and even deadly.
Now comes new research published in the Society of Chemical Industry’s (SCI) Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture that concludes an Indian herb may offer a way to help the liver fend off toxins.
Sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides), which grows in the mountains of China and Russia, has been shown to be rich in vitamin C, vitamin E, flavonoids and essential fatty acids. Its berries are well known for their cholesterol lowering properties and the leaves are sometimes used to make a tea. Now scientists in India say the herb has even more health benefits: Sea buckthorn’s leaves are rich in anti-oxidants and are protective against liver disease.