In this series, we have previously discussed how milk thistle, turmeric, and artichoke leaf work to detoxify your liver. In this article, we are going to look at the next ingredient in Perfect Liver Detox– schisandra berry! We went directly to Naturopath and Liver Detox Expert, Dr. LePore, to find out how schisandra berry aids in liver detoxification.
What is Schisandra Berry?
Schisandra chinensis berries are tiny, bright red berries that are used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to heal a variety of health related concerns. Schisandra berry is considered an adaptogen herb, which means that it adapts to the body’s specific needs. Adaptogen herbs also work to increase resistance to stress and disease, increase energy, improve physical performance, build strength, and boost endurance.
The Health Benefits of Schisandra Berry
• Promotes Phase 1 and Phase 2 Liver Detoxification Pathways
• Promotes Regeneration of Liver Tissue
• Protects the Liver from Toxins
• Promotes the Production of the Antioxidant Glutathione
• Supports the Immune System
• Promotes Skin Health
• Promotes Respiratory Health
• Supports Cardiovascular Health
How Does Schisandra Berry Detoxify the Liver?
Schisandra berry promotes both Phase 1 and Phase 2 of liver detoxification. Phase 1 is driven by oxidation, reduction, and hydrolysis. This first line of defense protects the body from a wide variety of toxic substances. Phase 2 of liver detoxification occurs when the liver cells add another substance to the toxic chemical to make it more water-soluble. Once bound, the toxin is water-soluble and can be excreted from the body in watery body fluids such as urine and bile. If it is a large molecule, it is excreted into the bile and released into the stool for elimination. If it is a smaller molecule, it is excreted through the kidneys into the urine for elimination.