Juicing for Antioxidants for Liver Health

There are a variety of nutrients that aid the proper functioning of the liver. Plus, these days the liver needs three brilliant high pipes 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
Vitamin C is one of the most beneficial antioxidants for liver health. It Orange, Lemon and Kiwi 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
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
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 broccoli headsfighting 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
1 apple

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
apple_kiwi3 cups of blackberries
2 kiwis

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.

In health
Darren and Veronica Haynes

Juicing to Help the Liver Detoxify the Body

Decoration orange oilIf you look up an article about detoxifying the body, you will almost always find that fresh juices are part of the plan. Why so? First and foremost when you juice, you use lots of fruits and vegetables, which contain many of the nutrients needed for cleansing our bodies. Simply eating more fruits and vegetables will have a cleansing effect. However, juicing provides us with a much greater intake in nutrition since it takes four or five apples to make a juice, whereas you are only likely to eat one apple at any given time. Fresh juice is also very easy to digest, so we assimilate a lot more nutrients with minimal effort into the blood and then into the cells for cleansing.

The Liver:
The liver is the fundamental cleansing organ of the body. The kidneys, lungs and skin also play an important role, but the liver is the “big gun” so to speak. The liver acts as a filter for the blood where it cleans out toxic material such as ammonia, metabolic waste, drugs, alcohol and chemicals. The problem these days is that we are overloaded with toxins, such as environmental pollution, pesticides and other chemicals used to grow food, and medications (legal or otherwise). Unless we are eating real healthy the liver cannot cope with the toxic load and the excess toxic waste is offloaded by the blood into our cells. So when we start cleansing I believe we should start by helping out the liver.

So what happens to the toxic waste that is filtered by the liver? The liver produces about 1 quart of bile per day to flush out the toxins into the large intestine, which we poop out. So helping the liver to increase bile flow, will also help in shifting the toxins. We should therefore ensure we have enough fiber in our diet. If our bowels get sluggish, we can reabsorb these toxins, rather than eliminate them.

If the liver is the “big gun” organ for detoxification, then glutathione is its main “ammo”. Glutathione is one of the most important antioxidants in the body in fighting free radicals within all the bodies cells. Glutathione is also essential for shifting many toxins out of the body, such as heavy metals like lead and mercury. Therefore, it protects the liver from the damage of toxic overload by helping to remove these toxins. It cannot be understated how important glutathione is for the liver. Having an adequate amount of glutathione in our system as a natural detox helps support the liver immensely. Furthermore, glutathione levels often become low because it has its work cut out as an antioxidant protecting us from the harmful pollutants! So it is important to increase our glutathione intake from produce as a natural body detox method.

Some raw (not cooked) fruits and vegetable help raise glutathione levels to a degree. Asparagus, apples, broccoli, carrots, grapefruit, spinach and tomatoes are among those that can help. To learn more about glutathione I recommend watching the video below.

Other nutrients for liver detox:

Vitamin C like glutathione is also a powerful antioxidant. Studies have shown that vitamin C intake also increases glutathione levels in the blood.

Other antioxidants like beta carotene, selenium and vitamin E are also important for reducing the toxic load on the liver.

Vitamin B6, folic acid, vitamin B12, and betaine are also useful as they help in the secretion of bile to and from the liver.

Liver Detox Juices:
The following list of juice recipes all contain glutathione and either some or all of the above mentioned nutrients. The exception would be B12, which is only found in animal food sources.

Detoxify the Body Juice #1 – Glutathione Super Boost
asperges3 stalks of asparagus
2 tomatoes
2 carrots
1 cup of spinach
1 cup of broccoli heads

Asparagus is the vegetable with the most abundant amount of glutathione, but it doesn’t taste so great juiced! Adding carrots and tomatoes to the greens, makes this juice more palatable.

Detoxify the Body Juice #2 – Super Antioxidant Berries
1 cup of blackberries
1 cup of blueberries
1 cup of raspberries
1 cup of strawberries

This juice is a great source of antioxidant vitamins A, C, E and selenium.

Detoxify the Body Juice #3 – Bile Booster
2 cups of spinach
3 carrots
1/2 apple

This juice is high in the bile producing nutrients, B6, folic acid and betaine.

Detoxify the Body Juice #4 – Watermelon Juice
Fresh and juicy watermelon
1/4 of a watermelon (flesh only)

Watermelon is a great all around cleanser and a good choice for a home detox. It is a good source of glutathione, vitamins A, B6, C, E and folate as well as selenium!

Detoxify the Body Juice #5 – Apple and Kiwi
2 apples
2 kiwis

Another great detox juice, high in glutathione and other antioxidants.

In Health
Darren and Veronica Haynes