As part of your body’s digestive system, the liver is a triangle-shaped organ weighing around three pounds but plays a weighty role in the health of your body. Your liver is involved in over 500 functions, including bile production for digestion, detoxification and carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism.
One of the liver’s primary functions is acting as a filter. All of the blood that passes through your digestive tract goes through the liver, which metabolizes your dietary nutrients into useful substances, storing essentials such as glycogen (sugar), vitamins and minerals and delivering them to cells when required.
The liver also filters toxins in the blood, so it plays a vital role in eliminating the compounds that can harm you along with giving your body the nutrient it needs. Every body needs such an effective filter.
Liver Support from AIM
All of the AIM whole-food powders can be beneficial for your liver by providing useful nutrients that are easily absorbed, circulated through your liver and directed to your cells when and where needed.
Examining LeafGreens and RediBeets for some of their unique nutrients and benefits, including detoxifying properties, gives you an idea of how AIM nutrition can support liver health.
Along with the juice powder of young barley plants, LeafGreens contains the powders of spinach and four cruciferous vegetables: arugula, broccoli sprout, kale and Swiss chard. A 2015 review article that examined plant consumption determined that “Green leaves are the best for liver health.”1
The leafy greens in LeafGreens are detoxifying and extraordinarily rich in plant compounds that your liver will recognize as useful substances. For example, sulforaphane in broccoli sprouts “is likely to be highly effective in improving liver function through reduction of oxidative stress.”2 Lutein in spinach may help to decrease inflammation and oxidative stress in the eyes and the liver.3
One of the unique nutrients in RediBeets is betaine, a key liver nutrient found in vegetables like spinach and beets. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published a 2004 article on betaine that reported the following:
• Studies show that betaine improves liver function
• Betaine prevents or reduces accumulation of fat in the liver.
• This important human nutrient is absorbed rapidly and helps to maintain liver health.”4
Furthermore, a 2016 study showed that “betaine can halt and even reverse progression of the disruption of liver function.”5
LeafGreens and RediBeets are two great choices among AIM whole-food powders that support liver health with Nutrition that works!
References accessed August 1, 2018
1 Plants Consumption and Liver Health [Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine Journal 2015]
2 Sulforaphane-rich broccoli sprout extract improves hepatic abnormalities in male subjects [World Journal of Gastroenterology 2015]
3 Lutein decreases oxidative stress and inflammation in liver and eyes . . . [Nutrition Research and Practice Journal 2012]
4 Betaine in human nutrition [The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2004]
5 Betaine chemistry, roles, and potential use in liver disease [Biochimica et Biophysica Acta Journal 2016]
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