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Some foods are known as choleretics or cholagogues.  These help to support the liver and bile flow.

Examples of choleretics are dandelion, turmeric, yerba mate,  milk thistle.

Dandelion has been shown to improve hepatic function by detoxifying the liver and reestablishing hydration and electrolyte balance. It also increases the production and release of bile.

The main cholagogue FOODS are apples, artichoke, beetroot, bitter greens, celery, cinnamon, fennel, fenugreek.

Beetroot can be raw, cooked, or grated into a salad. Studies show beets are rich in antioxidants that protect the liver and boost beneficial liver enzymes, superoxide dismutase, and glutathione.  A blend of beetroot, celery, apple, and cinnamon daily is a great way to support bile flow and healthy gallbladder function.

Numerous studies suggest fenugreek may be one of the most powerful herbs for liver, gallbladder, and digestive health. Fenugreek works by removing cholesterol from bile and increasing bile acid concentration by almost four times

NOTE: Problems in the bile ducts, gallbladder, or liver can raise the blood level of bilirubin.The doctor may also do tests for albumin, liver enzymes (alkaline phosphatase, AST, ALT, and GGT), and certain other substances in your blood. These liver function tests can help diagnose bile duct, gallbladder, or liver disease.

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