There are a variety of nutrients that aid the proper functioning of the liver. Plus, these days the liver needs all the help it can get to detoxify the amount of pollution we are bombarded with. Produce is highly treated with chemicals, if it is not grown organic. Our water is polluted with heavy metals and chemicals. The air we breathe is polluted from, coal plants, oil refineries, gas emission from vehicles and smoking. On top of this, food is often highly processed and lacking the original god given nutrition it should contain. So we have to be smart about our lifestyle choices to improve our health by giving the liver the nutrition it needs to keep us filtered of toxins!
Antioxidants are a group of vitamins, minerals and other food based chemicals that protect our cells from free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that can cause cancer by mutating DNA cells, and can cause heart disease by hardening artery walls through cell damage. All organs, including the liver, can be harmed by free radicals. Antioxidants also help to detoxify pollutants. This can unburden the liver’s load greatly and help it clear the body of toxins. Antioxidant vitamins are C, E and beta carotene.
Vitamin C is one of the most beneficial antioxidants for liver health. It provides protection from free radicals and reduces damage to liver cells from harmful chemical toxins.
Great food sources include – citrus fruits, berries, kiwi, broccoli, cucumber and spinach.
Vitamin E is a fat soluble antioxidant. It protects fats from becoming rancid due to free radical attacks. The cell membranes that protect the liver are fat based. So vitamin E helps protect the cells that protect the liver! A study has also shown that vitamin E can reduce the scar tissue in liver – which can lead to cirrhosis.
Great food sources include blackberries, apples and kiwis.
Beta carotene and other carotenoids are antioxidants that are essential for health and a strong immune system. Beta carotene is converted to vitamin A in the liver, which can help loosen up toughened and abused liver fibers and even restore them to health.
Great food sources include – blackberries, watermelon, peaches, kiwi, carrots, kale, spinach and broccoli.
If you want to know how to improve liver function, that go for glutathione, the supreme antioxidant. It is the best antioxidant at fighting free radicals and a powerful aid in detoxification. Low blood levels of this nutrient is directly linked to liver problems, toxicity, disease, and poor health. Increasing the amount of glutathione in our bodies is essentially one of the best things we can do for our livers. Glutathione will greatly unburden the liver of its toxic load. Although glutathione is made naturally in the body, its levels are low in most people due to toxic overload. However, there are foods which can help raise glutathione levels in the body. These include asparagus, spinach, and all cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage and brussel sprouts. Also, vitamin C intake helps to increase glutathione levels. To really enhance your glutathione levels, I highly recommend this product – immunocal
Liver Health Juice#1 – Glutathione Boost
20 asparagus heads
1 cup of broccoli heads
The apple helps sweeten the greens to make this juice a little more palatable. Even though its not the tastiest juice in the world, it provide great liver support.
Liver Health Juice #2 – Super Dose Antioxidant Vitamins
3 cups of blackberries
Wash blackberries and peel kiwis before juicing. Both blackberries and kiwis are great sources of vitamins C and E, and a fair source of beta carotene. Yum!
Liver Health Juice #3 – Beta Carotene Super Dose
5 large carrots
Top and tail the carrots. Use organic! That way you won’t need to peel them! That will increase the amount of fiber and liver nutrition in the juice. Carrots contain the most amount of beta carotene of all fruits and vegetables.
Liver Health Juice #4 – Cruciferous Medley
2 cups of broccoli heads
1 cup of cabbage
1 cup of cauliflower (the flower only)
4 large carrots
This juice is a powerful cleanser for liver detoxification. It is loaded with antioxidants and other liver vitamins. Add more carrots, if you need to make it sweeter.
Darren and Veronica Haynes