By Nicolas Martineau B.Sc.
Detox diets, detox products, many people believe it is necessary to take a cure to get rid of toxins that could not be eliminated otherwise, but what is it really? Does our body retain all of its functions optimally as we age? Can certain supplements help support our body in some of its functions? These are the questions we will try to answer today.
Our body : a fascinating factory
Aging and our organs
The role of supplements
Recognized in herbal medicine for its diuretic, laxative and choleretic properties, dandelion is a great ally for people struggling with digestive disorders. Health Canada lists this plant among the medicinal ingredients that can be used in natural health products.
The Milk Thistle
This plant native to the Mediterranean basin, is used to fight digestive disorders, liver diseases and gallbladder. The Greeks had noted its therapeutic potential and used it during antiquity to treat liver disorders. Its beneficial actions come from silymarin, the active substance of this plant. The European Commission and the World Health Organization recognize its use to treat digestive disorders.
Particularly recognized in Chile, this plant is now recognized for its medicinal properties for minor liver disorders and various gastrointestinal disorders. Studies have observed anti-inflammatory, antipyretic (against fever), cytoprotective (protects cells), cholagogue (facilitates the evacuation of bile) and hepatoprotective (protects the liver) effects. These effects are attributable to boldine, an active substance contained in this plant.
The Indian Rhubarb
Recognized for its laxative effect, this plant contains several components including anthraquinones.
The Sacred Bark Tree
Cascara is a tree from North America. Its bark is used as a stimulant laxative. It acts on the absorption of water in the intestines and on its peristalsis (movement). It is through the enzymatic activity in the colon that the glycosides of cascara sagrada are transformed into Anthrones, which give the laxative effect.
A plant recognized by many for its buttons that stick like Velcro, this plant is traditionally used in herbal medicine as a diuretic, to stimulate sweating and to help eliminate toxins through the kidneys, skin and mucous membranes.
Mainly known at the culinary level, the artichoke plant also has several medicinal properties. It is thanks to components such as cynarin, luteolin 7-O-glucoside and its chlorogenic acids that the artichoke is used in herbal medicine to help relieve digestive disorders and stimulate the secretion of bile.
Far from claiming to detoxify the body, these active ingredients are rather adapted to stimulate the activities of the eliminatory organs. They are therefore interesting allies to give a temporary boost in case of food abuse or fatigue of our body. As we age, our bodies become less efficient. This is why these plants will be of good help in case of indigestion.
Land Art Products
Two main products are offered by Land Art to help your organs of elimination: Total Detox and Milk Thistle.
Changes in the body with aging
Renal aging: Causes and consequences
Aging changes in organs, tissues and cells
Organ reserve, excess metabolic capacity, and aging
Aging: what to expect
Normal aging: A steady loss of organ and process function
Aging changes in organs – tissue- cells
Target organs of detox
Monographie Santé Canada Pissenlit- Taraxacum Officinale
Monographie Santé Canada Chardon-Marie – Silybum marianum
Monographie Santé Canada Boldo – Peumus boldus
Monographie Santé Canada Aloès – Aloe vera
Monographie Santé Canada Cascara Sagrada – Rhamnus purshiana
Monographie Santé Canada Artichaut – Cynara cordunculus
Monographie Santé Canada Bardane – Arctium lappa
Pro-health activity of dandelion (Taraxacum officinale L.) and its food products – history and present
In vitro and in vivo hepatoprotective effects of the aqueous extract from taraxacum officinale root against alcohol-induced oxidative stress