These foods are easy to incorporate into your daily diet if you haven't already. Please watch the video above to learn how important our liver is to our health and survival. I hope this is helpful to you! ~Karen
Selenium is a mineral in garlic that increases the antioxidant action assisting the liver to detox. Arginine is an amino acid in garlic that plays an important role in relaxing the blood vessels, easing the blood pressure in the liver. Garlic also contains Vitamin B6, which acts as an anti-inflammatory in the liver, and Vitamin C.
Grapefruit is high in Vitamin C as well as glutathione, which is produced naturally by the liver. Glutathione is involved in several processes in the body, including tissue building and repair, production of chemicals and proteins that are needed in the body, and strengthening of the immune system.
Broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and other cruciferous veggies help the liver produce enzymes to aid in the removal of toxins.Leafy green vegetables are known to protect the liver by neutralizing metals, chemicals and pesticides from both foods and the environment. Arugula, spinach and chicory are believed to increase bile flow to help rid the body of waste products. Beets naturally cleanse and purify the blood to boost liver function and the production of nutrients in the body.
Avocados are superfood for the liver. They contain glutathione as well as Vitamin C and E which act as antioxidants to neutralize free radicals and protect liver cells from damage. The Vitamin E and Vitamin K in avocados act as an anti-inflammatory to protect the liver from harmful inflammation. The healthy fats in avocados can also improve cholesterol levels.
Walnuts contain the amino acid arginine, which is vital for helping the liver detoxify ammonia. They’re also high in glutathione and Omega-3 fatty acids, which help support liver detoxification. Walnuts are full of antioxidants that help to neutralize free radicals, and healthy, unsaturated fats that protect against fat accumulation in the liver. These healthy fats are also essential to building strong cell membranes around liver cells.
The main active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, which is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Curcumin is believed to help protect the bile duct to improve the flow of bile, acting as a liver cleanser. It rejuvenates liver cells by preventing toxins and alcohol from being converted into harmful compounds that can damage the liver. Sprinkling some turmeric on your food is a great way to add a little flavor and reap the health benefits.