Foods That Are Good for the Liver

The liver is an underappreciated organ that helps your body rid toxins. You do not want to wait until it stops functioning to start appreciating it. A healthy liver is very important to your body in which it cleans your blood, produces the important digestive liquid bile and stores energy in the form of the sugar glycogen. When you take a pain reliever for a headache, the liver breaks down the active ingredient to help with your headache. There are many healthy foods and drinks to eat in order to keep your liver functioning.

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For unexplainable reasons, drinking three cups of coffee a day can help keep your liver healthy by lowering the risk of cirrhosis for people with chronic liver disease. Coffee also increases antioxidant levels in the liver, decreasing inflammation. Garlic activates liver enzymes that flush out toxins. It also holds high amounts of allicin and selenium which helps cleanse the liver. Grapefruit is high in Vitamin C and antioxidants as well as boosts the production of liver detoxification enzymes that flush out carcinogens and other toxins that make its way to the liver. Green tea has plant-based antioxidants called catechins which help liver function whereas green tea extract can cause liver damage.

Leafy green vegetables such as bitter gourd, dandelion greens, arugula, spinach, chicory, and mustard greens are high in chlorophyll which soak up the environmental toxins from the bloodstream. They increase the creation and flow of bile which helps remove the wastes from organs and blood. Avocado can produce glutathione to cleanse liver toxins. Apples have pectin to release toxins from the digestive tract which makes it easier to handle the toxins during cleansing. Beets also have pectin as well as cleanses and purifies blood which helps the liver function. Olive oil provides a lipid base that absorbs harmful toxins. Broccoli and cauliflower have glucosinolate which supports enzyme production in the liver, flushing out carcinogens.

Lemons and limes are high in Vitamin C which helps the body synthesize toxic materials in substances absorbed the liver. Sweet potatoes are also rich in Vitamin C as well as fiber and immunity-boosting nutrients to help the liver function. Walnuts are high in amino acid, glutathione, and omega 3 fatty acids which support liver cleansing. By eating any of these healthy foods and beverages, you would be protecting your liver from any toxins and preventing the chances of liver cancer.

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