What nutrients help with liver health?

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Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
These nutrients have been linked to improved liver health:

  1. Lecithin, a supplement that contains 10 to 20 percent phosphatidylcholine depending on the brand). Phosphatidylcholine (another name for Lecithin) is a necessary component of VLDL (very low density lipoproteins) that transports fats processed by liver around the body.

  2. Choline. One component of the chemical, called choline, comes from the diet and can help replenish the needed levels of phosphatidylcholine in the liver to build these VLDL molecules. However, when people are deficient in choline, these VLDL particles cannot be formed correctly so fat builds up in the liver to cause damage.

    There are two ways to get choline or phosphatidylcholine: through a supplement or food. A varied diet should provide enough choline. Men should aim for 550 mg and women for 425 mg a day. One large egg contains about 125 mg of choline, and 1 cup of toasted wheat germ contains about 175 mg.

  3. Zinc. Zinc has been shown to help detoxify the body of alcohol. The optimum amount, especially for anyone who drinks alcohol: 15 mg per day.
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