Sam-e for Liver
Sam-e is a natural substance, a metabolite of the amino acid methionine which is made by our body. It is used in many of our bodies tissues, organs and systems. While Sam-e can assist in naturally restoring a healthy mood and promoting joint health (see hyperlinks for remaining info) it's ability in regards to liver repair and renewal make it a truly amazing supplement. Sam-e effectiveness can be explained by first examining the liver's function.
What and Where is the Liver?
Your liver is the largest organ inside your body. It is pinkish brown in color, triangular in shape, weighs approximately 3 pounds and has four unequal sections called lobes. It resides on the right side of the abdominal cavity, directly underneath your diaphragm. The liver's blood supply is supported by the hepatic artery and the portal vein. The portal vein carries blood containing digested food from the small intestine. These blood vessels in the liver subdivide many times, ending in very small capillaries. Each capillary leads to a lobule. Liver tissue is comprised of thousands of lobules, with each lobule being made up of millions of hepatic cells called hepatocytes, the basic metabolic cell of the liver.
What is the Liver's function?
When functioning properly, your liver is a powerful, potent work horse. It is involved in supporting nearly every organ in your body in some way. Simply put, it creates proteins, good cholesterol, hormones and fats. Liver bile is produced for breaking down fats and is also vital for carbohydrate metabolism. Your liver breaks down alcohol, insulin, toxins and medication for proper drug metabolism. It stores vitamins and filters out bacteria from the blood. These are just some of it's functions; It does a lot more. Suffice it to say, if your liver is having trouble, so are you.
What is the Sam-e / Liver Health Relationship?
While your liver is doing all of this work, it needs Glutathione. Glutathione is the liver's natural antioxidant. It is used to prevent damage from the free radicals released during the liver's natural day to day process. When there is not enough glutathione, the liver is overcome and develops Cirrhosis. Liver cirrhosis is when the liver tissue scars and has limited function. In some cases, liver inflammation and enlargement can occur. Your liver uses it's supply of SAM-e to make glutathione.
So why not take glutathione? Glutathione isn't processed by the body well, passing through the small intestine without being absorbed. This is where a SAM-e supplement comes to the rescue. SAM-e is a precursor to glutathione, meaning SAM-e is vital to making glutathione. That's how SAM-e benefits the liver, by providing the necessary components that the liver needs to help itself repair and recover.
Why take Nature Made's Sam-e Complete?
After much research and a complete review of the SAM-e brands available, we are proud to offer Nature Made's SAM-e. Nature Made has a rich history of producing quality supplements. Their SAM-e are enteric coated so the SAM-e is absorbed in the small intestine versus the stomach. While other brands offer their SAM-e in bottles, Nature Made has each enteric coated SAM-e protected in a blister so it cannot absorb moisture from the air. (SAM-e is extremely hydroscopic).
Made in the USA.
Each box has 60 Enteric Coated Tablets.
INGREDIENTS: S-adenosylmethionine Tosylate Disulfate, Cellulose Gel, Methacrylic Acid Copolymer, Mannitol, Glycerol Behenate, Magnesium Stearate, Talc, Triethyl Citrate, Titanium Dioxide (artificial color), Glycerol Palmitostearate, Silicon Dioxide, Medium Chain Triglycerides, Sodium Starch Glycolate, Yellow 5.
SUGGESTED USE: Start with 1 tablet per day. The best time to take SAM-e is on an empty stomach at least 30 minutes before a meal. Clinical studies indicate that benefits are most likely evident after 7-14 days of supplementation. If benefits are not achieved within two weeks, you may require a higher level of supplementation. To determine the proper level of supplementation that works for you, gradually increase the number of tablets (maximum 1600 my/day) until benefits are achieved.
People with bipolar (manic) depression should not take this or any other supplement containing SAM-e except under a doctor's supervision.
If you are pregnant or nursing, or taking prescription antidepressant medications, consult your doctor before use.