Top 5 Herbs For Liver Health

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Did you know:

Your liver is responsible for over 500 metabolic functions. A healthy liver influences everything from how quickly you burn fat to how much energy you have to how well you fight off sickness and disease — and a whole lot more.

Unfortunately, liver health in America is falling fast.

Blame it on our liver-unfriendly modern lifestyles.

We eat too many foods that are high in fat and sugar. Drink a few too many sodas and alcoholic beverages per week. Take far too many liver-damaging prescription medications. And we’re beat up all day long by invisible toxins in our air, water, and even our household goods.

And all of this puts an enormous strain on our liver health.

Today, 1 in 4 people in the U.S. are living with Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD), according to the American Liver Foundation.

NAFLD is a serious condition. It’s associated with obesity and can eventually lead to other liver conditions and even liver failure.

In the next few years, NAFLD is expected to become the leading cause of liver transplants in America. And the limited supply of available livers won’t stand a chance of keeping up with this increased demand.

Right now, nearly 16,000 people are on the waiting list for a liver transplant.

But only about 6,000 transplants are performed each year.

Thankfully, there are numerous herbs for liver health available. Here are 5 of my favorites.

Top 5 Herbs For Liver Health

1. Milk Thistle


You’ve probably seen the purple flowers of the milk thistle plant growing along country roads. But did you know it’s been used to promote liver health for more than 2,000 years?

According to Huntington College of Health Sciences, evidence based uses of milk thistle include: (1)

  • Regenerate liver cells
  • Slow down and even stop the advancement of cirrhosis
  • Complement the treatment of hepatitis
  • Protect the liver against damaging agents and toxins, including, occupational liver poisons, alcohol abuse, pharmaceuticals, and chemotherapy
  • Slow down and potentially stop fatty liver degeneration

The active component in milk thistle are its liver health-boosting flavonoids collectively called silymarin.

2. Dandelion Root


Millions of Americans spend hours (and a small fortune) fighting the dandelions that pop up on their front lawn every spring.

But, what most people don’t realize is, dandelions aren’t annoying weeds. They’re a liver health superfood in disguise.

Every part of the dandelion — root, leaves, stems and flower — is edible. But it’s the root in particular that’s been used for centuries to detoxify, relieve constipation, ease indigestion and decrease bloating.

The Journal of Medicinal Plants reports on a number of studies that suggest dandelion is effective at reducing liver-damaging inflammation.

And while more research is needed, a 2008 study found that dandelion is potentially effective at treating chemically induced or viral hepatitis. (2)

3. Burdock Root


Burdock is an edible root harvested and eaten in China, Korea and Japan. In addition to being a good source of dietary fiber, calcium, potassium and amino acids, burdock root is also praised for its healing properties. (3)

Traditionally, burdock root has also been used for a wide range of natural treatments, including, treating colds, digestive discomfort, joint pain, bladder infections, as well as liver disease.

In a 2015 study, burdock root was shown to prevent liver damage caused by acetaminophen in rats. (4)

Human trials are needed, but this is potentially life-saving news when you consider that accidental overdose of acetaminophen is the #1 cause of acute liver failure in the United States.

4. Boldo Leaf


Boldo is a tree that grows high in the Andes mountains of South America.

Fossilized boldo leaves dated at nearly 13,000 years old have been found in Chile. Incredibly, these leaves have imprints of human teeth. It would seem that boldo is a truly ancient dietary and medical food!

Traditional cultures have used boldo leaves to treat anxiety, constipation, upset stomach, gallstones and bladder infections.

American medical studies into the health benefits of boldo leaf are still in the early stages. But in Germany, boldo leaf extract is used medically to treat gallbladder and liver ailments. (5)

5. Artichoke


The plant you’ve seen at the grocery store (or perhaps enjoyed in a yummy artichoke dip on gameday) is not a vegetable at all… it’s actually a flower!

The artichoke plant is a distant relative of the milk thistle plant, and like it’s cousin is packed with liver health benefits.

Artichoke contains certain plant acids (known as mono- and di-caffeoylquinic acids) that can have a major effect on bile flow and liver protection. (6)

Bile helps to break down fat that would otherwise gum up your liver and build up as flab on your belly. So, healthy bile production can help turn your liver into a fat-burning powerhouse.

Did you know that LivLean Formula #1 uses all five of these herbs, as well as 16 other all-natural ingredients, in our researched-effective formula designed to:

  • Support liver health and detoxification
  • Rev up metabolism for faster weight loss
  • Boost immune function
  • Balance blood sugar levels for fewer energy dips and afternoon cravings

Learn more about the ingredients in LivLean Formula #1 and how they can help you protect your liver and accelerate weight loss by clicking here.


  • Debra says:

    Hello! I am curently taking LivLee very limitedan #1 however, being in hospital my food choices are very limited. I did have Hep C but Harvoni saw to that. I now have fibrosis/cirrosis (?) And am hoping the LivLean will still work on helping to repair or helpy liver. Will it? What else would you suggest for maximizing liver health.

    • Dr. Charles Livingston D.C. Dr. Charles Livingston D.C. says:

      Hello Debra,
      Thank you so much for reaching out. Try to choose the best options that the hospital can offer you food wise. Make sure you are trying to get some activity even if that’s just lifting your arms up and down over your head or maybe leg lifts. Just depends on your mobility that the doctor allows. Water intake is a hugh impact of getting the toxins that the liv lean remove from your body out. Best of luck.

  • Benoit thibault says:

    Your product is not approuve by the FDA et ma doc told me if it’s not approubve don’t try it

    • Dr. Charles Livingston D.C. Dr. Charles Livingston D.C. says:

      Hello Benoit,
      These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or
      prevent any disease.

      This is normal for a supplement. There are very few, if any
      supplements that are FDA approved.

  • Reene says:

    Does your formula have any effect on familial hypercholesterolemia?

  • Mike walker says:

    I have been taking livlen for about 2 months now . I believe it’s working for me. Should I be taking more of the five herbs that are already in Livlean now? If where can I get these herbs?

    • Dr. Charles Livingston D.C. Dr. Charles Livingston D.C. says:

      Hi Mike, awesome! Keep taking it. You don’t need to take more of the 5 herbs, I would focus on diet. cut out wheat for 30 days. then cut out dairy for 30 days. Let me know how that goes!

  • Drene Ehmke says:

    I was diagnosis with a fatty liver quite a few years ago and my blood levels are starting to show signs over the last few years. Would this formula 1 work for me to get it back into shape before something really bad happens to my liver. I hope that I have not done something wrong with my liver and its to late to fix it.

    • Dr. Charles Livingston D.C. Dr. Charles Livingston D.C. says:

      Hi Drene, yes it can help support your liver. Always check with your doc though because I don’t know your case history.

  • Theresa says:

    I was diagnosis with a fatty liver a year and it is a bit concerning for me and I have not received any suggestions on how to correct it. Would this formula 1 work for me if I have no gall bladder? I my gall bladder was removed years ago. I also have a low Iga immune system and I’m also bronchatitises . I need to get on track with my health.

    • Dr. Charles Livingston D.C. Dr. Charles Livingston D.C. says:

      Hi Theresa, yes, this will help you even though you don’t have a gall bladder. There is a lot of great info on this blog. Be sure to look around!

    • Dr. Charles Livingston D.C. Dr. Charles Livingston D.C. says:

      Hi Theresa, yes, this could help even if you don’t have a gallbladder. Always consult with your Dr first!

  • Kathy says:

    Can you take more than 2 supplements per day. I have had a fatty liver for a
    Omg time now. Thank you

    • Dr. Charles Livingston D.C. Dr. Charles Livingston D.C. says:

      Hi Kathy, yes, you can take more than 2 supplements per day. We have many people taking 3-4 different supplements of ours daily.

  • Leslie Adam says:

    I am about 100lbs over weight. I have seizures but no allergies or other bad health. I have tried everything to lose weight. It wont come off. When it does it comes right back.

  • Natalie Wilson says:

    How can I get the Livlean Formula#1 ????

  • Tammy says:

    I have purchased the Livelean # 1. I have fatty liver disease. My dad also had fatty liver which converterd to cirrhosis. He received a liver transplant about 4 years ago and is doing well. I desperately want to prevent this from happening to myself. I am very worried about starting the Livelean due to an article I read about the liver trying to regenerate itself causes inflammation which causes scarring and their cirrhosis. I don’t want to hurt my liver any worse by causing this if it leads to cirrhosis. All my liver enzymes have been good on bloodwork since being diagnosed with fatty liver. I need your honest help regarding the Livelean #1. Am I going to hurt myself if it causes regeneration with already existing fatty liver??

    • Dr. Charles Livingston D.C. Dr. Charles Livingston D.C. says:

      Hi Tammy, you want your liver to regenerate with healthy cells and to do that, you’ll need to give it the proper building blocks which would come from a clean diet and supplements such as livlean. You really want to focus on diet first. Then Supplementation. Remember that Garbage in, equals Garbage out… that all passes through your liver 😉

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