Picroliv is a mixture of two molecules called picroside 1 and picroside 2. These molecules are scientifically referred to as iridoid glycosides.
Picroliv is derived from Picrorhiza kurroa, which is an Eastern medicine plant herb. This herb is originally thought to be from the Himalayan foothills and has been carried down as an Ayurvedic medicine for centuries.
The plant itself is called Kutki. Kutki, which is where we derive the supplement Picroliv, is a perennial with soft hairy stems and narrow broad leaves that grows like a shrub. The roots are brown and the flowers of the plant are purple and/or white.
This amazing, but seldom mentioned, supplement has many health benefits, especially regarding the liver, which we’ll discuss in this article.
It’s no secret that our livers take a beating. Bodybuilders who use anabolic steroids can expect liver problems to occur while they’re on these powerful hormones. Others can strain their liver from simple things, like alcohol consumption and over-the-counter drugs like Aspirin.
Our liver’s job is to detox our bodies, help us digest properly, and help with our metabolic processes. A healthy liver means a healthy body, and those who have liver disease will wither away as they’re unable to cleanse out their system. Those individuals who destroy their liver will accumulate toxins and bad chemicals in the blood, causing a domino effect of illness.
As you can expect just from its name, Picroliv is great for the liver and has historically been used to treat jaundice. Some newer animal studies have shown that it can also reduce hepatitis, a form of liver disease.
The secret is that Picroliv reduces stored fats in the liver and also suppresses fatty liver disease, as proven in a study published by the Journal of Current Pharma Biotechnology. Studies further show that it has similar effects as liver drugs. Finally, it works well at overall protecting the liver from reoxygenation of tissue and other liver injuries.
Another area where many of us struggle is heart health—most notably poor lipid health. Bodybuilders who abuse steroids and carry a lot of excess muscle mass are at risk for heart issues.
Picroliv inhibits harmful fats in our body and, because it is such a strong antioxidant, will block lipid peroxidation and help reduce plaque around the arteries. Besides this function, it will also aid the body to form new blood vessels and keep the circulatory system strong.
Most people reading this have some sort of gut problem due to poor quality foods they consume and the sheer amount of food consumed overall. Bodybuilders are at risk due to their high protein and high-calorie diets overwhelming the gut.
The good news is that Picroliv is great for any stomach ache. It also has been used for many years for diarrhea and gastric ulcers. It can help heal the stomach lining and suppress excess acid traveling up to the chest and throat to cause heartburn according to Ayurvedic medicine.
Other health benefits and bodybuilder uses
Picroliv is great overall as an anti-inflammatory. When you use anabolic steroids, they’re going to cause inflammation in the body as it is, so using this supplement is a smart idea on cycle and in post cycle. It’s also good for our eyes, insulin sensitivity, fevers, and as a natural antibiotic.
Side effects and dosages
Picroliv is safe in most people. However, if you suffer from low blood sugar due to taking diabetes medications, you should be careful with it. If you are pregnant or about to have surgery, you should also discuss taking this supplement with your doctor.
How to purchase
Picroliv isn’t readily available in most places, but that may change because it’s gaining popularity. The good news is a support supplement called N2guard contains 75mgs of Picroliv per serving. You can purchase N2guard from N2bm or Amazon.
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