GB-LIV (#3)

Supportive Function: A whole host of nutrient-packed herbs are formulated together to support healthy liver and gallbladder function.

When is Gallbladder Support helpful? Liver cleansing/support, gallbladder support/conditions, i.e. stones etc., bile flow enhancement, flatulence, and digestion, and chronic skin conditions.
Clinical Applications Research: Bayberry (bark): Bayberry bark alleviates liver and kidney problems, and can reduce fevers and intestinal parasites. It has medicinal properties similar to barberry; it relieves and prevents varicose veins, which are often caused by a sluggish liver (Heinerman, Heinerman's Encyclopedia of Fruits, Vegetables and Herbs, Parker Publishing Company, W. Nyack, NY, 1988, p. 22).

Beet (root): Beets have been used since ancient times for medicinal purposes. Beets aid in gallbladder function, lymphatic function, and digestion (Balch JF and Balch PA, Prescription for Nutritional Healing, 1990 Avery Publishing, Garden City Park, NY, p. 39). Red beet root has a powerful ability to present wastes to the liver (Dr. Ferenczi, Australian International Clinical Nutrition Review July 1986). Additionally, the betaine in beets helps to convert cholesterol into bile acids and is important in fat metabolism (Heinerman, John. Heinerman's Encyclopedia of Fruits, Vegetables and Herbs, Parker Publishing Company, West Nyack, NY, 1988, p. 29-31). Betaine is listed in the Merck index as a hepatoprotectant (p. 1202).

Yellow Dock (root): Yellow dock works on three of the major detox pathways: liver, blood and colon. It is an astringent (causing contraction of tissue). It is also a blood purifier, cooling and detoxifying the blood. It detoxifies the liver, and so is used frequently for jaundice. It stimulates bile and has a laxative action, relieving constipation without pain (Tierra L. The Herbs of Life. The Crossing Press, Freedon, Ca. 1992 pp. 82-83). Yellow dock contains high amounts of natural iron and has been used to treat chronic skin complaints.

Dandelion (root): Dandelion is an excellent liver remedy and has a high carotenoid content. "The plant was noted to have an almost specific affinity for the liver, modifying and increasing its secretion" (Weiner, M. Herbs that Heal p. 139). Dandelion and fennel seeds are good, natural herbal cleansers, and a good source of calcium, phosphorus, and potassium. According to A. Leung, who reviewed several studies on dandelion, it, "...enhances the flow of bile, alleviating liver congestion, bile duct inflammation, hepatitis, gallstones, and jaundice. Dandelion ... has been clinically used to treat gallstones" (as cited in, Marti, J. & Hine, A. Alternative Health Medicine Encyclopedia 1995. Visible Ink Press, Washington, D.C. p. 84). Dandelion is also a powerful diuretic. It is one of the best natural sources of potassium and replenishes this mineral, whereas other diuretics can deplete potassium.

Fennel (seed): Fennel has a reputation for relieving gas and colic (Wild, R., ed.) The Complete Book of Natural and Medicinal Cures. 1994. Rodale Press, Emmaus, Pa. p. 277). Fennel seed is a natural herbal cleanser, and a good source of calcium, phosphorus, and potassium.

Peppermint (leaf): Peppermint leaf has reported value as being an anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antiulcer agent. Its therapeutic properties include aiding with circulation, digestion, constipation, diarrhea, mental fatigue, and viral infections. Peppermint has a reputation for absorbing intestinal gas, calming an upset stomach, and preventing colic. Peppermint stimulates the contractions of the gallbladder to encourage bile secretion, and normalizes gastrointestinal activity (David B. Mowry, Ph.D. The Scientific Validation of Herbal Medicine. 1986. Keats Publishing, New Canaan, Conn, pp. 75, 192).

Ginger (root): In herbal literature, ginger has been touted as a digestive stimulant and has been used to improve weak digestion (Wild, R., ed). The Complete Book of Natural and Medicinal Cures. 1994. Rodale Press, Emmaus, Pa. p. 298). Ginger tea taken 30 minutes before meals has been known to be helpful as a digestive aid. Ginger has been used for colitis, diverticulosis, gas, indigestion, vomiting, colon cleansing, and morning sickness. (David B. Mowry, Ph.D. The Scientific Validation of Herbal Medicine. 1986. Keats Publishing, New Canaan, Conn.). Ginger is an excellent carminative (a substance that promotes elimination of intestinal gas) and an intestinal spasmolytic (relaxes and soothes the intestinal tract). Ginger contains some of the most powerful anti-candida substances available (Duke, JA. Handbook of Medicinal Herbs. 1985. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL).

Wild Yam (root): Wild yam root preparations have been long used to treat bilious colic (abdominal/colon discomfort associated with bile). It has been noted in some cases that the wild yam root rapidly and effectively reduced the pain of biliary colic caused by gallstones, and eased the passage of small stones (Ellingwood F. American Materia Medica, Therapeutics and Pharmacognosy. Eclectic Med Publ. Portland, OR. 1983).

Blessed Thistle (herb): Among the thistle's reported characteristics are that of appetite stimulant, indigestion and flatulence reliever, and antibacterial/anti-yeast/anti-tumor agent (Weiner, M.A. Herbs that Heal. 1994. Quantum Books, Mill Valley, Ca. p. 87).

Garlic (bulb): Garlic has had a reputation for centuries for being antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory. There are many clinical trials that demonstrate its ability to lower cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure, and its ability to favorably influence liver enzymes (Indian J Exp Biol 1992; 30(6): p. 523). Garlic contains high amounts of sulfur and also contains bioflavonoids.
Contraindications: Do not take in pregnancy. Garlic in large amounts can have an interaction with anticoagulants (coumadin, salicylates, antiplatelet drugs, etc.) (The smaller amounts used in this formula should not pose a problem for contraindications). Similarly, ginger in large amounts is contraindicated with anticoagulants, however the smaller amounts in this formula should not be a problem.
Ingredients: Each Tablet Contains: Vitamin E (as succinate) 0.770 mg. Proprietary blend 465 mg* of: Bayberry (bark), Beet (root), Yellow Dock (root), Dandelion (root), Fennel (seed), Peppermint (leaf), Ginger (root), Wild Yam (root), Blessed Thistle (herb), Garlic (bulb).
Vegetarian: Yes
Suggested Dosage: 1 tablet daily or as directed
Pack: 100 Tablets
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