Enhancing Detoxification and Liver Function Assessment: iollo's Comprehensive Testing for Personalized Patient Support

March 14, 2024


Detoxification and liver health are essential aspects of overall well-being, and their optimization can significantly improve patients' quality of life. iollo's advanced metabolomic testing offers healthcare providers a powerful tool to identify imbalances in detoxification pathways and liver function, enabling the development of personalized interventions for their patients. This educational material aims to familiarize physicians with the key detoxification and liver health markers measured by iollo's test, their interpretation, and the potential benefits for patients concerned about toxin exposure and liver health.

Who May Benefit from This Test?

iollo's detoxification and liver health testing can be particularly beneficial for patients experiencing various symptoms or conditions related to impaired detoxification or liver dysfunction. Some of the key indications for testing include:

  • Fatigue or low energy: Patients with persistent fatigue or low energy levels may have underlying issues with detoxification pathways or liver function, as the liver plays a crucial role in energy metabolism and toxin elimination.
  • Brain fog or difficulty concentrating: Individuals experiencing cognitive symptoms, such as brain fog or difficulty concentrating, may have impaired detoxification processes leading to the accumulation of toxins that can affect brain function.
  • Skin issues, such as acne or rashes: Skin problems can often be a sign of liver dysfunction or overburdened detoxification pathways, as the skin acts as an alternative route for toxin elimination when the liver is not functioning optimally.
  • Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD): Patients diagnosed with NAFLD can benefit from metabolomic testing to assess the extent of liver dysfunction and guide targeted interventions to support liver health.
  • Chemical sensitivities or allergies: Individuals with heightened sensitivity to chemicals, fragrances, or other environmental toxins may have impaired detoxification processes that can be identified and addressed through metabolomic testing.

Other patients who may benefit from detoxification and liver health testing include those with a history of heavy alcohol use, exposure to environmental toxins, or taking medications that may burden the liver.

Understanding Detoxification and Liver Health Markers

iollo's Detoxification and Liver Health Panel measures a comprehensive set of biomarkers that provide insights into various aspects of detoxification pathways and liver function. Some of the key markers include:

  1. Glycocholic Acid (GCA)
  • GCA is a secondary bile acid produced by gut microbes from primary bile acids synthesized in the liver [1].
  • Elevated levels of GCA in the blood have been associated with liver dysfunction, such as cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma [2,3].
  1. Fischer's Ratio
  • Fischer's ratio is the ratio of branched-chain amino acids (valine, leucine, and isoleucine) to aromatic amino acids (phenylalanine, tyrosine, and tryptophan) [4].
  • A low Fischer's ratio has been associated with liver dysfunction and is used as a prognostic marker in liver diseases, such as hepatic encephalopathy and hepatocellular carcinoma [5,6].

Interpreting Results and Patient Benefits

iollo's metabolomic testing provides valuable insights into patients' detoxification and liver health status:

  • Identifying imbalances in key detoxification and liver health markers can reveal underlying issues such as impaired phase I or phase II detoxification, liver dysfunction, or gut dysbiosis that may impact detoxification processes.
  • Patients struggling with symptoms or conditions related to impaired detoxification or liver health, such as fatigue, brain fog, skin issues, NAFLD, or chemical sensitivities, can particularly benefit from the comprehensive analysis of their metabolomic profile.

iollo's test results are highly actionable, offering personalized recommendations based on each patient's unique health history and context:

  • For example, patients with elevated GCA levels may benefit from increasing their intake of fiber-rich foods, such as vegetables, fruits, and whole grains, to support healthy gut microbiota and bile acid metabolism [7].
  • Those with a low Fischer's ratio may be advised to increase their consumption of branched-chain amino acid-rich foods, such as lean meats, dairy products, and legumes, while reducing their intake of aromatic amino acid-rich foods, such as soy, corn, and wheat [8].

Physicians can assist patients in prioritizing 2-3 key recommendations to focus on initially, based on the most significant imbalances in detoxification and liver health markers and the patient's individual goals and preferences. Regular monitoring of these biomarkers can also help track patients' progress and optimize their treatment plans over time.


iollo's advanced metabolomic testing provides healthcare providers with a powerful tool to assess and optimize their patients' detoxification and liver health. By understanding the key markers measured and their implications for detoxification pathways and liver function, physicians can develop personalized interventions that address underlying imbalances and support their patients' well-being. Integrating Iollo's testing into clinical practice can complement other functional and integrative approaches to detoxification and liver support, ultimately helping patients achieve optimal health outcomes.

To learn more about iollo's metabolomic testing and how it can benefit your patients, please visit www.iollo.com or contact our support team at support@iollo.com.


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[5] Tajiri & Shimizu (2013). World J Gastroenterol. 19(43):7620-7629.
[6] Ishikawa (2012). World J Gastroenterol. 18(17):2005-2010.
[7] Procházková et al. (2023). Gut. 72(1):180-191.
[8] Lynch & Adams (2014). Nat Rev Endocrinol. 10(12):723-36.

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