Muscle Sport Magazine


By Leigh Penman – 

The liver is the most complex organ in the body and it is responsible for carrying out over 500 functions that are essential to your health. Some of the tasks the liver executes include:

  •       The production of bile, albumin, blood clotting factors, cholesterol, vitamin E.
  •       Converting amino acids and lipids into glucose.
  •       Maintaining normal blood sugar levels.
  •       Metabolizing alcohol, caffeine, over-the-counter and prescribed drugs.
  •       Assisting in the digestion of food and elimination of toxins.

In fact the liver treats about 1 300ml of blood per minute making it a very effective internal garbage disposal system. Athletes who consume oral steroids are well aware that, due to the fact that most of them are c-17-alpha alkylated, a significant strain is placed on the liver when using these drugs. Over the years many have turned to liver protecting herbs such as Milk Thistle (Silymarin) in order to protect their liver when using a cycle of oral anabolics. However, there is one product that has consistently proven to be the most effective liver protector available and that is Liv-52. In fact it is probably the most sought after compound on the market for those who value the health of their liver (and why wouldn’t you?).

So let’s take a look at this powerful supplement beginning with a little…


Himalaya Herbal Healthcare introduced Liv-52 in 1955, since then more than 300 clinical studies (double-blind and placebo-controlled) have been performed to prove its effectiveness. It has become one of the most widely sold medications in the world and has received the enthusiastic endorsement of over 200 000 healthcare professionals. Liv-52 is an all-natural multi- ingredient formula that is proven to restore optimum function to the liver by protecting the hepatic parenchyma and promoting hepatocellular regeneration. It neutralizes toxins and poisons from food, water, air and various medications. Those who use alcohol and/or prescription drugs would be well advised to add Liv-52 to their supplement regime.


Liv-52 contains a specific blend of ingredients that unite to produce a synergistic action that leads to a significant improvement in liver function.

In Liv-52 you will find the following key ingredients:

  •       Capers (Capparis spinosa). This is a known hepatic stimulant that also exerts a positive effect on liver glycogen and serum proteins.
  •       Chicory (Cichorium intybus). Chicory promotes digestion and increases the production of bile. It also enhances the effect of the Capers. It also seems to have a positive effect in terms of liver glycogen uptake and may protect against free radical induced DNA damage.
  •       Black Nightshade (Solanum nigrum). Black Nightshade may reduce oxidative degradation of DNA. Its inclusion here is due to the fact that it is known to support a healthy liver, skin, kidneys and bladder.
  •       Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna). In addition to its cardio-protective effects, Arjuna also has favorable effects when it comes to maintaining healthy cholesterol levels.
  •       Negro Coffee (Cassia Occidentalis). This is a cousin of Senna. It is unrelated to coffee – despite its name – it is included here due to its powerful detoxifying properties.
  •       Yarrow (Achillea millefolium). Yarrow has proven effective in the regulation of gastric and bile secretions. It is also known to provide support to the urinary and digestive functions and is a useful diuretic and tonic for the venous system.
  •       Tamarisk (Tamarix gallica). Tamarisk contains an alkaloid, Tamarixin, which has tonic and diuretic qualities. It has also been utilized in the treatment of conditions caused by hepatic insufficiency.


Given the fact that Liv-52 has so much proven research behind its effectiveness, I would say it should definitely be a part of your daily supplement regime. The fact that most of us consume caffeine, alcohol and over the counter medications at some time or other is enough to create a stress on the liver. Even something as ‘harmless’ as Acetaminophen (e.g. Tylenol) can be toxic to the liver (and this toxicity can be accelerated in the presence of alcohol). For those using oral anabolics…well, I should not need to repeat its importance.

If you are suffering from fatigue, aches and pains, frequent headaches, stress and appetite fluctuations there is a strong likelihood that your liver is being over-worked. By adding Liv-52 to your supplement regime you are definitely taking out a valuable insurance policy on your greatest asset…your health!

N.B. Liv-52 can be purchased by visiting

Leigh Penman, in addition to be a staff writer at MuscleSport Mag, has been writing for bodybuilding magazines, websites and nutritional supplement companies since 1985. Whilst residing in the UK, she earned the reputation of being one of the top female writers in bodybuilding-related media. Her credits included being a contributing editor on all the magazines in production as well as filling the shoes of Ladies Editor and Showbiz Editor on two publications (the later being on Arnold’s sanctioned magazine, ‘Bodypower’). During this time she also competed successfully on four occasions (placing in the top four in all contests).

Relocating to New York in the late 1990s she focused her writing attention to crystal healing techniques and metaphysics – however, she still maintained a five day workout schedule during this time and gained her personal training certificate.

Having also studied pharmacology in relation to sports performance, her writing began taking her in that direction until the present day which sees her embarking on a return to the magazine world, as well as extending her web-related work in the bodybuilding and fitness field.

Leigh has been working out for close to thirty years so she is clearly a writer who ‘walks her talk.’

She can be contacted personally at


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