Compiled By Markson Omagor
The liver is a hardworking essential organ that carries out a lot of metabolic processes in the body. Such as detoxifying chemicals like alcohol and drugs, and help production of proteins and clotting factors.
You definitely cannot live without it, but even with a chunk of it, you could survive. Due to its importance, it is necessary that the liver should be ‘pampered’ in order to ensure optimal contribution to the well-being of the body. Here is a list of foods to give your liver the deserved care it needs.
- Olive oil
It’s true that some vegetable oils are bad for your liver and heart, and contain saturated fat which may do some damage to your body over time. However, olive oil has healthy fat (unsaturated fat) which is good for your cardiovascular system and liver.
It has been shown to protect the liver from oxidative stress, thereby preventing and resolving liver damage through; less fat accumulation and increased blood flow to the heart. It also helps to improve insulin sensitivity and increase the levels of good proteins involved in body processes, as well as increase blood levels of liver enzymes. With all these benefits, olive oil is truly the balm for the liver.
Nuts are very high in vitamin E, which is an important antioxidant necessary for lots of health benefits to the body, not only the liver.
Nuts are also protective against fatty liver diseases and help increase blood levels of liver enzymes.
- Cruciferous Vegetables
The weird name means vegetables like brussels sprout, broccoli, and cabbage – not a favorite among kids, but definitely worth eating for everyone, regardless of age.
This diverse group of vegetables is very beneficial to the liver. They help in all sorts of metabolic processes and enhance the detoxification function of the liver, by increasing the number of detoxification enzymes that protect the liver from damage.
- Herbs and spices; garlic, turmeric
They help garnish, flavour and sweeten food, and are also good for the liver. Garlic helps in enhancing detoxification processes whilst turmeric has antioxidant abilities.
It possesses anti-inflammatory properties that help in combating anti-inflammatory liver diseases.
- Grapefruit and grapes
Not only are they sweet, but they are also healthy too. They contain antioxidant properties and enhance detoxification.
They also have anti-inflammatory properties, therefore helping to protect the liver against damages.
This is so rich in pectin and malic acid which help remove toxins and carcinogens.
It also possesses anti-inflammatory properties and helps detoxify the liver. An apple a day indeed, keeps the doctor away.
- Coffee and green tea
These beverages to many are a must have every morning. Whilst some may either be coffee or tea persons, others can be both. Nevertheless, they are both good for your liver. Coffee helps minimize inflammation, has antioxidants properties, and reduces the risk of development of liver cirrhosis in chronic liver disease sufferers. It’s also protective against cancer.
Tea, on the other hand, is helpful in those with nonfat alcohol liver disease; it improves their enzyme levels, and decreases the fatty deposits. It is also a good detoxificant and has antioxidant properties. Although, caution is to be taken in consumption of tea as a supplement as it may cause liver damage.
- Fatty Fishes such as salmon or mackerel
Fishes with oil in their tissues and guts contain healthy fats that have been associated with maintaining the liver enzyme levels, combat insulin resistance, and are anti-inflammatory. Such fish is definitely a healthy choice for one’s liver.
You’ve really got no excuse as health is everyone’s responsibility. Do well to add any of the listed foods to your eating plan, and ensure a healthier liver for your body.
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