Curcuma longa, a perennial herb, is the source of the spice turmeric. Current research has focused on the constituent curcumin’s antioxidant, hepatoprotective, anti-inflammatory, anticarcinogenic, and antimicrobial properties, in addition to its use in cardiovascular disease and gastrointestinal disorders.
Picrorhiza is used in Ayurvedic medicine to optimize liver function and as an anti-inflammatory. In studies, Picrorhiza extracts and their constituents protected liver cells from damage caused by carbon tetrachloride, aflatoxin B1, and acetaminophen. Picrorhiza acts as an antioxidant and inhibitor of lipid peroxidation in cell membranes, and increases bile flow.
The hepatoprotective effects of Picrorhiza may be due to its antioxidant activity – inhibition of oxygen anion generation and free radical scavenging. Picrorhiza’s antioxidant effect has been shown to be similar to that of superoxide dismutase, metal-ion chelators, and xanthine oxidase inhibitors. Like silymarin, Picrorhiza can stimulate liver regeneration, possibly via stimulation of nucleic acid and protein synthesis. Animal studies indicate Picrorhiza’s constituents exhibit strong anticholestatic activity against a variety of liver-toxic substances, appearing to be even more potent than silymarin. Picrorhiza also exhibits a dose-dependent choleretic activity, evidenced by enhanced bile production and flow. Picrorhiza also benefits individuals with acute hepatitis. In a double-blind study, it reduced bilirubin and the liver enzymes ALT and AST significantly compared to placebo.
|Supplement Facts||Dosage:1 to 3 capsules tid
A woman who is pregnant or nursing, or who might become pregnant, should consult a health-care practitioner before using this product.
|Name||Thorne Research, T.A.P.S. 60 capsules|
|Product Type||Corn Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Hypoallergenic, Wheat Free, Yeast Free|
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