Top 5 Herbs for Liver Health

by Ross Bridgeford

The health of your entire body is absolutely dependent upon the health of your liver.

It is responsible for so many of your body’s functions such as storing and synthesising vitamins, minerals and sugars (for fuel), cleansing and detoxifying your blood, controlling cholesterol levels and in conjunction with your kidneys and your lymph system it keeps your body clean and clear of waste.

So how does the liver become unhealthy?

To put it simply – modern life. Alcohol, tobacco, environmental pollutants, food additives, pesticides, cosmetics, household products, stress, pharmaceuticals and building materials can all kill liver cells.

The result is the overproduction and non-processing of toxins. These toxins then lead to:

  • headaches
  • anxiety/ depression
  • fatigue
  • impaired libido
  • allergies
  • PMS
  • and potentially mental conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease

So – in conjunction with consuming a high level of alkaline foods, phytonutrients and helping your lymph system – here are the Top 5 Herbs for Liver Health!

  1. Milk Thistle – having been used for over 2000 years as a herbal health aid, Milk Thistle is widely regarded as the daddy of liver health. It helps to protect liver cells by blocking the absorption of toxins and helps to remove them from the liver. However, this is not all! Milk Thistle is also a very powerful antioxidant – helping to protect other areas of the body from free radicals and other toxins.
  2. Dandelion Root – useful in both liver and other digestive treatments, Dandelion Root stimulates the flow of bile and speeds up the removal of toxins.
  3. Artichoke Leaves – provide exceptional regeneration effects in the liver, and similarly to Dandelion, Artichoke stimulates the flow of bile from the liver to the gall bladder where toxins can be removed. If the bile stays around the liver then damage can be done!
  4. Boldo Leaf – acts as a strong antioxidant, antiseptic and choleretic (like the above two herbs). Boldo is also very, very rich in phytonutrients.
  5. Astragalus – has both anti-viral and immune-strengthening properties, making it much revered in China. A key component is saponin – which has been shown to protect against chemically induced liver damage.

And if none of those tickle your liver’s fancy – why not give our Ultimate Liver Cleanse Recipe a whirl?!

As ever – with all herbal and any other type of supplement or health product – it is best to speak to your doctor before embarking on a new program.

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About Ross Bridgeford

Ross Bridgeford is known as THE Alkaline Diet Expert...especially when it comes to implementation and making the alkaline diet REAL in your life. He has been living, learning, teaching, coaching and loving the alkaline lifestyle since 2004 and has written over 650 articles, alkaline recipes, videos and guides on how to live alkaline and stay alkaline for life.

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Milestone Relocation November 14, 2011 at 5:54 am

Liver is probably second most-complicated organ (after brain).

Heart or lungs, although we hear about their diseases every day, can’t come even close to the complexity and sophistication of liver’s performance. Energy conversions, de-toxication, all kinds of synthesis etc. – it’s like a chemical lab. And a very advanced one! Keep it healthy people. There’s a reason heart transplantation is a routine surgery now, but to replace liver… It’s 100x more complicated.


Justin Williams September 15, 2011 at 1:11 am

I heard of numerous cases of hep c a and b being eradicated with mms and mms2


Lora August 7, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Hi again,
In the little information that I have gathered on the liver and its function…It makes me consider all the high levels of cholesterol that I am constantly hearing that people have. So I am thinking that if people were to cleanse their livers then the liver would be able to process the fats and cholesterol as it should. Also if a person is taking pharmaceuticals for cholesterol that does more damage to the liver and hinders the functions of it even further. I guess I am just wondering if my thinking is correct about this. Thanks you!


Lora August 7, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Hi Ross,
Thank you for the easy and quick info on what I googled for. I was able to pinpoint the herbs I wanted to purchase and went to and read more and ordered the herbs you highlighted. I will also try the cleanse you have a link to.
Thank you and have a great day! (:


Joe Garza March 23, 2011 at 6:28 pm

My mother is suffering from liver cerrosis due to hepatitis-tainted blood back in 1978. She us currently on several meds and milk thistle. Would anyone reccomend anything else to slow or reverse the process so we can enjoy more years with her?


Ross April 6, 2011 at 7:23 am

Hi – unfortunately I am legally unable to answer any questions that relate to a specific condition or medication. I recommend that you check our Dr Young’s youtube channel as he discusses specific conditions there in some depth ( Apologies.


Ross April 7, 2011 at 2:49 am

Hi – unfortunately I am legally unable to answer any questions that relate to a specific condition or medication. I recommend that you check our Dr Young’s youtube channel as he discusses specific conditions there in some depth ( Apologies


Andrew M May 3, 2009 at 9:07 pm

Hey Ross thanks a lot for this quick, concise info on herbs for the liver- exactly what I was looking for on Google and I’ll research each of these further… thanks again bud, take it easy!


Ross May 5, 2009 at 1:34 am

Cheers Andrew!

Good luck with it! I also blogged a simple liver juice recipe a while back:



Ross October 10, 2007 at 5:04 am

Hi Sam

Really fantastic to hear that you have had such good results with alkalising!

I really can’t for legal reasons advise you in relation to any medical condition – but the recipe mentioned above contains many ingredients that are known to support liver health. There is also the Alkalive Red product which you may find useful.–Alkalive-Red-Acid-Drainage-Therapy–34.html

To be honest with you – if you are following an alkaline based diet then your liver will have absolutely no problem whatsoever dealing with the extra waste from strength training. This waste will be nothing compared to the sugars, alcohols, dairy, chemicals etc from the standard western diet.

Let me know how you go though – it would be great to hear how training goes along with eating alkaline – we have a lot of athletes tell us that it really helps!

Good luck


sam October 10, 2007 at 2:35 am

hi, i suffered a very serious liver injury at the start of this year (a bull jumped on my abdomin and left a hole the size of a tennis ball in my liver!) i have been on an alkaline diet for about 6 months and have had fantastic results and am about to start strength training soon and was wondering if there were any tips you could give me to help aid my liver in processing the additional waste products generated. i intend to return to my sport of bull riding (against the advice of my doctor) and would like to give my body every chance to not only regain but surpass my previous level of health and strength. i have found it very difficult to find infomation on this so any additional references you could provide would be much appreciated.
ps. great site keep up the good work!


maryg October 3, 2007 at 1:06 am

I have noticed that pre-menopausal women (40-somethings like me) often have bad breath. Similar to that when someone has a cold. Has anyone noticed this? Does anyone know if this is coincindence or due to an actual physiological event related to hormonal changes?


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