“The thousands of enzyme systems that are responsible for virtually every body activity are constructed in the liver,” writes Dr. Karl Maret, M.D., about the importance of vibrant liver function. “The proper functioning of the eyes, the heart, the brain, the gonads, the joints, and the kidneys, are all dependent on good liver activity.” The liver is also a key component in maintaining a healthy weight.
We probably all take fantastic care of our liver, because the liver is one of the most important organs in the body, right? Unfortunately, University of Minnesota experts state that “cirrhosis (scarring of the liver) is one of the 10 leading causes of death and disability in the United States.”
“Cirrhosis is caused by scar tissue that forms in your liver in response to damage that occurs repeatedly over many years.” Damage can result from diet, including alcohol; disease; lack of bile production; and excess metals and minerals. “Each time your liver is injured, it tries to repair itself. In the process, scar tissue forms in the liver. As the scar tissue builds up, it becomes increasingly difficult for the liver to function adequately. In advanced cirrhosis, the liver no longer works. Because the liver is a vital organ that you can’t live without, if it fails it must be replaced with a liver transplant.” – Minnesota Mayo Clinic
Research has found certain food can have a dramatic impact on liver health. Here are 7 common foods compiled by Natural News shown to both protect and heal your liver.
Garlic – Garlic contains numerous sulfur-containing compounds that activate the liver enzymes responsible for flushing out toxins from the body, as well as allicin and selenium, two powerful nutrients proven to help protect the liver from toxic damage, and aid it in the detoxification process.
Grapefruit – Rich in natural vitamin C and antioxidants, two powerful liver cleansers, grapefruit contains compounds that boost the production of liver detoxification enzymes. Great for weight loss, it’s flavonoid compound known as naringenin causes the liver to burn fat rather than store it.
Green Tea – This antioxidant wonder is loaded with catechins, shown to eliminate liver fat accumulation and promote proper liver function. Green tea protects the liver against toxins that would otherwise accumulate and cause serious damage.
Leafy Greens – Leafy green vegetables like arugula, bitter gourd, chicory, dandelion greens, mustard greens, and spinach eliminate pesticides and herbicides from your body. Greens also contain cleansing compounds that neutralize heavy metals, which can clog your liver and damage your brain. Greens increase production and flow of cleansing bile. Bile breaks down the fats that you eat so that your body can utilize them, and is a very powerful antioxidant which helps to remove toxins from the liver. Eating fresh greens is best, but supplements are available that contain dried greens in pill form.
Avocado – Purseglove (1968), In his authoritative textbook, labeled the avocado “…the most nutritious of all fruits.” Avocado is full of glutathione-producing compounds. Glutathione helps build your immune system’s resistance and improve your chances of staying healthy. It is essential for lymphocytes (immune cells) to increase in number, produce antibodies, and function efficiently. Avocados protecting the liver against toxic overload, and boost its cleansing power. A study funded by Monbu-syo (the Ministry of Education in Japan) demonstrated that avocados contain five compounds active in reducing liver damage. The research suggest avocados show special promise for the treatment of viral hepatitis. Avocado oil is a healthy and delicious way to add extra flavor and health benefits to your meals.
Walnuts – Walnuts contain high levels of the amino acid l-arginine, glutathione, and omega-3 fatty acids, helping to detoxify the liver of disease-causing ammonia. Walnuts contribute to blood oxygenation, and extracts from their hulls are used in liver-cleansing formulas.
Turmeric – Turmeric may be one of the most powerful foods for maintaining liver health. Turmeric has been shown to both protect the liver against toxic damage, and regenerate damaged liver cells. Turmeric increases bile production, shrinks engorged hepatic ducts, and improves overall function of the gallbladder.