What is it for?
The liver plays a key role in the body's metabolism of toxins and medicines, digestion, and the production and storage of vital substances in the body. Liver disorders such as cirrhosis or non-alcoholic fatty liver disease can have different causes. These causes can have an autoimmune origin, be due to exposure to drugs and toxic substances, a viral origin or be the consequence of chronic physical or functional injuries.
In both the sporting and clinical world, the effect of alcohol or other harmful substances is capable of altering the main functions of this organ, thus inducing high levels of oxidative stress and mechanical and functional deterioration. It is therefore common for a blockage in liver function or in the bile ducts (cholestasis) to lead to general malaise, weight loss, burning, jaundice, etc.
Among the active ingredients characterised as food supplements which can help normalise liver function and combat hepatotoxicity are those which increase the synthesis of endogenous antioxidants or help control the body's oxidative stress by other means.
These effects on endogenous antioxidant synthesis are carried out by n-acetylcysteine (NAC) on the antioxidant glutathione. When NAC is consumed, cysteine participates in limiting glutathione synthesis, ultimately acting on the metabolites that have generated the toxic effect. Given the conflicting evidence regarding direct glutathione supplementation to increase endogenous glutathione reserves, as well as the common use of NAC as a hepatic "antidote", it is an interesting way to increase our endogenous antioxidant power in situations of increased organic stress.
Milk thistle is an herbaceous plant traditionally used in various regions of Asia, Europe and India. Its main effects are due to its silymarin content, a mixture of active ingredients including silybinin, which is responsible for its main effects on the body. Silymarin has been reported to have some positive effects on metabolic control, cholesterol and especially on the main liver enzymes which can be altered in the event of injury. It is this effect which could help prevent the deterioration of liver cells by controlling liver dysfunction and oxidative stress. These effects would appear hand in hand with a reduction in the main symptoms of degeneration of liver function.
Finally, highly soluble turmeric is one of the most potent antioxidant active ingredients currently available. The effects of turmeric on some liver enzymes and oxidative stress have been previously reported in the scientific literature. It is speculated whether turmeric may indirectly increase the activity of the endogenous antioxidant system itself in parallel, although histopathological findings (tissue status studies) have been evaluated in humans to a lesser extent than those concerning improvement of liver function.
Because of all the above, Hepapro is an interesting food supplement in people with high levels of oxidative stress or who make use of or suffer exposure to any toxicant.
- Increased glutathione synthesis.
- Improves endogenous antioxidant function.
- Helps control oxidative stress.
- Improves liver function parameters.
- Useful in the face of exposure to drugs or toxins.
- Standardised in the active ingredients that have been shown to be effective.
What dose to take?
Take 1 capsule divided and divided as preferred with meals. Consult a health professional if you are receiving any pharmacological treatment before use.
This product is composed of n-acetylcysteine (NAC), milk thistle extract, (standardised in silymarin and silybinin) and turmeric (Cursol®).