The malic acid in apples, tart cherries, and cranberries is a liver cleansing wonder, softening even the crumbliest cholesterol gallstones for safe passage.
Taking this extra step to prepare your stones is not necessary but can help decongest your liver and gallbladder for better results. About 80% of all gallstones are said to be cholesterol stones.
The only drawback might be cost or inconvenience. Softening gallstones can also make them difficult to inspect or store in the freezer (if you desire).
Some liver cleansing methods specify how to prepare gallstones in advance. For those that do not, you can add your own stone-softening magic.
Days 1-5, drink 32 ounces (4 cups) organic apple juice each day on an empty stomach. Try 2 cups before breakfast and 2 cups before lunch. Wait 30 minutes to eat. On day 6, drink all 32 ounces in the morning then follow the instructions for your cleanse.
Another method is to drink 16 ounces (2 cups) organic apple juice every two hours for a total of 14 cups the day before your cleanse. Do not consume any other food or drink except water. On the day of your cleanse, continue drinking the apple juice every two hours until you need to stop as directed by your cleanse.
Days 1-5, sip 8 ounces tart cherry juice throughout the day. On the sixth day, drink the 8 ounces in the morning, followed by the cleanse that night.
Days 1-5, dilute 16 ounces unsweetened cranberry juice with 8-16 ounces water or apple juice and sip during the day. On day 6, drink the juice in the morning then complete your cleanse that night.
Add two or more apples to your diet every day
for at least a week before your cleanse or on an ongoing basis. Some people have passed stones just by eating apples, no cleanse required! You can also do a partial apple fast the week before your cleanse, eating nothing but apples for breakfast and lunch followed by a sensible dinner.
Combine 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar with 3-4 cups water and sip throughout the day for five days. On the sixth day, drink the mixture in the morning, then follow instructions for your cleanse.
Stir one teaspoon powdered malic acid into about 3-4 cups water, and sip throughout the day. Do not use capsules, which are less effective. Do this five days. On the sixth day, drink the full dose in the morning and cleanse that evening.
Not every liver cleansing method requires this extra step.
Some use an agent such as Epsom salt to open and relax the bile ducts. Others use strategies that increase bile force and flow to propel the stones and lubricate the ducts for passage.
But softening your stones in advance can help insure smooth success.