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10 Of The Worst Common Toxins That Damage Your Liver

By Andrew Alpin, 23 June 2018


5Illicit drugs

Almost all illicit drugs are always harsh on the liver. While morphine and heroin have not been observed as toxic to the liver, they can be when mixed with other substances. The biggest culprit of drug-induced liver disease is the frequent use of intravenous drug use that promotes infection and disease like hepatitis B and C. Magic mushrooms or hallucinogenic mushrooms also contain chemicals that can’t be tolerated by the liver. Amphetamines, cocaine, and ecstasy are all extremely toxic for the liver that can even cause liver failure.

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6Herbal remedies

Be careful when you see the promotions of various herbal supplements. Not always are such things beneficial for health entirely. While they could be good for one particular condition, they could be dangerous for your liver. Below is the list of common herbal supplements toxic for liver.

  • Barberry, Black Cohosh
  • Chaparral, Comfrey
  • Creosote Bush, Germander
  • Gordoloba Yerba Tea, Greasewood
  • Greater Celandine, False Pennyroyal
  • Jamaican Bush Tea, Jin Bu Huan
  • Kombucha Tea, Mistletoe
  • Sho-Saiko-To, Pennyroyal Oil (Squawmint Oil)
  • Sassafras, Senna, Skullcap
  • Valerian combined with chameleon

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7A word about Chinese ginseng


This may come as a surprise to many who may feel that Ginseng the super herb is good for almost everything. Well, it is no doubt where ginseng is used in herbal supplements to promote vitality, loss of libido, increase testosterone and over general health. Derived from Panax Ginseng, it is found mostly in Korea, Siberia and China. It may not have been implicated in liver injury but t does have the potential to cause significant interactions from drug-herb combinations that cause liver injury.

A word about Chinese ginseng

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How Ginseng causes liver injury

Studies have shown how Ginseng can create a condition leading to liver problems. Various degrees of drug-herb interaction from Ginseng could develop into liver injury 3 months after consumption in patients where no previous intolerance was seen. Once medication was restarted without ginseng, the tolerance with no issues was resumed.


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8Large doses of vitamin A

50% to 80% of the body’s vitamin A is stored in the liver. Thus if you consume too much, it can damage your liver. The maximum daily intake always depends on age and sex where the safe limit is 3000mcg for adults. This should be lower for those with issues of cholesterol, existing liver disease, protein malnutrition and excess alcohol consumption.

Large doses of vitamin A

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