The Liver – a Vital Organ
The liver is the largest internal organ and primary detoxification organ. The liver fulfills a wide array of vital functions. Damage or impairment of the liver may result from various causes. Dysfunction of the liver can be determined with a blood analysis at your veterinarian. First signs of a liver disease are:
- Faintness and despondency
- Lack of appetite
- Vomiting or diarrhea
- Skin changes, alterations
- Discoloration of the mucous membrane, urine or feces
Consult your veterinarian about Hepax forte, a dietary supplement, if your pet shows any of the symptoms above.
Regeneration of the Liver
In many cases the liver is able to recover quickly due to it’s high regeneration potential of 80%. Veterinarians recommend administering a regeneration enhancing preparation, such as Hepax forte. The natural ingredients in Hepax forte help to support and improve the function of the liver and kidneys.
Artichoke extract (Cynara scolymus folium)
Artichoke leaves are said to have choleretic, cholicinetic, cholesterol- and lipid-reducing, as well as hepato-stimulating properties. Therefore, artichoke leaves can be utilized to support a dysfunctioning liver and gallbladder.
Milk thistle extract (Silybum marianum fructus)
The fruit of the milk thistle has positive, supporting properties for the function of the liver. Free radicals in the liver can be intercepted by feeding milk thistle. Silymarin, derived from the fruits of milk thistle, is said to positively influence the biosynthetic capacity of hepatocytes. In people with alcohol cirrhosis, mortality was significantly reduced in a double-blind study with silymarin.
Reishi extract (Ganoderma lucidum)
The "mushroom of immortality" has been used for over 4000 years in traditional chinese phytoscience and has gained worldwide renown as one of the most important medicinal mushrooms. It supports the liver by inhibiting the lipid accumulation and collagen storage. Additionally the tripertene of the reishi has been proven to inhibit the angiotensin-conversions-enzyme (ACE) in humans, which is responsible in producing the blood pressure increasing angiotensin. The oxygenation of blood is facilitated and the organs are provided with more oxygen.
S-Adenosyl-Methionine (SAME) (SAM)
In a healthy liver s-adenosyl-methionine is metabolized from the amino acid methionine. The production is limited when pets have liver problems. The body needs s-adenosyl-methionine to produce glutathione, the most important detoxifier and antioxidant in the liver. Glutathione-conjugated substances are more soluble in water and can be eliminated via the kidney. This protects the liver cells from damage and decay.