Related to chicory, dandelion’s historical uses include treating upset stomach, heartburn, and spleen ailments, plus enhancing immunity. Some health practitioners recommend dandelion to stimulate the liver and kidneys to filter toxins out of the blood.
500 mg standardized powdered leaf or root extract one to three times daily.
May trigger allergies. Avoid if you have gallbladder problems.
2. Aloe vera
Commonly used to help soothe burns and heal wounds topically, aloe gel also has antioxidant and hepatoprotective properties and may be taken to help support detoxification.
Between 100 mg and 5 g dehydrated powder in capsules or mixed into juice daily.
May cause cramping, diarrhea, and lower blood sugar levels. Never consume the green part of the leaf surrounding the gel, called aloe latex, which is associated with toxic effects, including kidney failure.
3. Milk thistle
Its active component, silymarin, exhibits antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that may help repair damaged liver cells and protect new cells from toxins.
200–400 mg one to three times per day or 100–200 mg silymarin-phiohatidylcholine complex two times per day.
May cause an upset stomach, diarrhea, or bloating. Avoid if you’re allergic to other members of the daisy family.