FOODS FOR THE LIVER

FOODS FOR THE LIVER

•liver:Broccoli – and the rest of the brassica family   of vegetables are proven to support Phase 2 liver  detoxifcation, eat plenty of broccoli, caulifower,      cabbage (all kinds) and kale; in-fact rocket was  observed to protect the liver against induced hepatic  injury through its potent antioxidant activity. (5)

• Raw fermented vegetables (see recipe)   – give increased nutrients and support the health of the colon which in turn aids the liver.

• Onions – all vegetables from this family including leeks,    garlic and shallots provide natural mustard oil  glycosides that greatly support liver detox processes.

• Beetroot – for blood building (the liver contains 13% of    your body’s blood); beetroot (Beta vulgaris) is high in  iron, is a good antioxidant and has been shown to  protect liver* cells.

The hepatoprotective activity of Beta vulgaris may be attributed to its antioxidant (2) and anti-infammatory (3) activities. The plant is safe to use even in large doses. Phytochemical studies on roots of Beta vulgaris have shown the presence of betaine, betacyanins, betaxanthins, oxalic acid, and ascorbic acid. (4)

• Turmeric – a common spice you can add to soups,    casseroles, curries and rice. Turmeric protects the liver*  against oxidative stress, improves blood circulation and   improves liver* function and detoxifcation processes.

It has been shown that curcumin found in turmeric  is very effective in preventing liver damage induced by  paracetamol overdose, and that the level of protection  afforded by curcumin against paracetamol-induced  liver damage is comparable to that of N-acetyl cysteine  (NAC), which is presently the main clinical treatment for  paracetamol overdose in humans. (8)

• Grapefruit – Studies conducted over past decades have     suggested that the grapefruit might be active in cellular  regeneration, cholesterol reduction, the detoxifying  process, and the maintenance of heart health, in  rheumatoid arthritis, for the control of body weight,  and in cancer prevention. Grapefruit juice is an  excellent source of many phytochemicals and  nutrients that contribute to a healthy diet. It reduces  fat accumulation in the liver* and increases liver* enzymes involved detoxifcation. (17)

• Berries – These include Blueberries (Bilberry), Cranberry   and Grape due to anthocyanins and proanthocyanidins.  The results of one study indicated that treatment with  Bilberry signifcantly increased the liver enzymes, and        spleen function, improving the proliferation of  lymphocytes deriving from this organ. In conclusion,  the authors suggested that consuming this berry type  protected Liver* hepatocytes from Oxidative Stress and  could modulate the function of immune cells. It is important to remember that the anthocyanins and  proanthocyanidins like those found in berries are also  widely available in fruits, vegetables, and seeds of  natural origin. (17)

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