Those reading my web sites will know that I am a firm advocate of detoxification as a means to vital health. From reading books by Dr Norman Walker back in the 1970’s, I have done my homework, and nothing has a more positive effect on health and vitality than removing toxins. While colon cleansing is probably the best place to start, if that system isn’t efficient, or if toxicity is simply too high, the next organ to suffer is the liver. Now liver cleansing is very popular after the best seller, “The Liver Cleansing Diet”, made Naturopath, Sandra Cabot, a small fortune. What you may not know is the process by which the liver neutralizes toxins, and what vitamins and minerals are necessary for this to all take place.

My personal interest in this was my Uncle, who died prematurely from Liver disease. The Doctors took a year to diagnose it. Talking to my mother recently, he was a healthy man until he used herbicides to spray blackberries on his hobby farm. It would seem he died from toxic chemicals!

Disease Of The Liver

First, a few facts about diseases relating to the liver. Here are the most common ones.

Hepatitis. Inflammation of the liver, caused mainly by various viruses but also some toxins including alcohol, autoimmunity or hereditary conditions.

Hepatitis A. A contagious and acute liver disease that results from infection with the Hepatitis A virus. Hepatitis A is usually spread when a person ingests faecal of an infected person.

Hepatitis B. Infections can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks, to a serious lifelong illness. Hepatitis B is usually sp[read through infected blood or serum.

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease can be associated with obesity or diabetes and is characterized by an abundance of fat in the liver. It can lead to Hepatitis and or cirrhosis.

Cirrhosis is the formation of fibrous tissue in the liver from replacing dead liver cells.

Liver Cancer. In most cases, the cause of liver cancer is scarring of the liver (cirrhosis). Cirrhosis may be caused by alcohol abuse, liver autoimmune diseases, long term hepatitis B or C, or hemochromatosis.

Liver Function

The liver is designed to neutralize and eliminate toxins from the body. This function requires certain nutritional components, and if these are not present, or the body is too toxic, the liver breaks down. To avoid liver disease, we are advised to reduce the toxic load on the body, and make sure we have the correct nutrients to facilitate proper operation of this most important organ. The liver can regenerate to a large extent, so it is never too late to make lifestyle changes in this area.

There are tests you can do for the Liver, and these are the criteria for a healthy liver.

Standard Liver Test Panel

Substance Tested






Albumin (Ab)

A protein which levels decrease with liver disease





Aline transaminase (ALT

A liver enzyme that increases with disease





Aspartame transaminase (AST

Liver, blood and muscle enzyme that may be a marker of liver disease





Alkaline phosphatise (ALP)

Liver Enzyme that rises with bile duct obstructions





Totola bilirubin (TBIL)

Breakdown product of red blood cells that’s removed by the liver





Gamma glutamyl transpeptodase (GGT)

Enzyme elevated with sub-clinical levels of liver dysfunction






Branch Chain Amino Acids For The Liver

These are particularly beneficial for Alcoholic Cirrhosis. Each serving should contain approx 1200mg of Leucine, 600 mg of Isoleucine, and 600mg of Valine. There are studies demonostrating that these branch chain amino acids can enhance protein, synthesis in liver and muscle cells, and help restore liver function.

AIM Propeas Contains

Leucine 1,258 mg

Isoleucine 665 mg

Valine 673 mg


The ratio of these amino acids in Propeas means your liver receives the correct ratios for optimal performance.

Liver Processing

The liver has two stages of enzyme processing. These require certain nutrients, so it is important to consume foods with these substances.

Stage 1 requires folic acid, beta carotene, B vitamins and vitamin C. AIM Barley Life is a good source of these.

Stage 2 requires amino acids cystine, glutaqmine and glycene. These are all found in AIM Propeas.

An additional item required for stage 2 processing is sulforaphane, The best source of this is Broccoli Sprouts.

An easy way to make sure you liver is receiving optimum nutrition for its important function of neutralizing toxins, is to take a regular serving of AIM Leaf Greens and Pro Peas.

John Gaydon