What is Ammonium?

Ammonium is a toxic by-product created in the digestive system when protein is broken down. It is then transported to the liver which has the task of detoxifying ammonium by converting it to urea and releasing it into the bloodstream, where the kidneys must work to filter it from the blood before expelling it in urine. Ammonium levels rise when the liver is not able to convert the ammonium into urea which can lead to liver disease and many other problems including:

  • Acid reflux (heartburn)
  • Lack of concentration
  • Fatigue and exhaustion
  • Lack of energy and drive
  • Unbalanced pH levels
Many illnesses caused by high ammonium levels in the body are chronic and untreatable so the safest course to protect your liver is to avoid damage to the organ. High ammonium levels in the blood can affect the brain, causing a number of illnesses, and can be a contributing factor to dementia and other mental illnesses once it passes through the blood-brain barrier.