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Ten Foods for a Healthy Liver

The liver has many important functions that keeps a person healthy. It removes harmful material from the bloodstream and helps digest food. Your liver is the organ responsible for an enormous number of metabolic activities, and you’ll need a plentiful supply of virtually all nutrients for your liver to be optimally healthy.

Here are 10 fresh foods that keep your liver healthy.

Garlic

Garlic helps your liver activate enzymes that can flush out toxins. It also has a high amount of allicin and selenium, two natural compounds that aid in liver cleansing says holistic nutritionist Hermeet Suri.

Beets
Beets are high in plant-flavonoids, which can improve the overall functions of your liver.

Leafy Greens

Leafy greens like spinach and lettuce have the ability to neutralize metals, chemicals and pesticides that may be in our foods, and act as a protective mechanism for the liver, Suri says.

Green Tea

Green tea is full of plant antioxidants known as catechins, which have been known to improve the functions of our liver.

Avocados

Adding more avocados to your diet can help your body produce a type of antioxidant called glutathione, which is needed for our livers to filter out harmful materials, Suri says.

Avocados

Grapefruit

Eating or drinking grapefruit juice can help your liver flush out carcinogens and toxins. This fruit is also high in both vitamin C and antioxidant properties.

Crucferous Vegetables

Cruciferous veggies like broccoli and Brussels sprouts also increase the amount of glucosinolate (organic compounds) in our bodies that helps create enzyme production for digestion, Suri says.

Lemons

We all know citrus fruits like lemons are full of vitamin C, but lemons also help our bodies cleanse out toxic materials and aid the digestion process.

Turmeric

Used as a spice, tumeric has been known to help our bodies digest fats and stimulate the production of bile. It can also act as a natural form of detox for your liver.

Walnuts

Walnuts are also high in glutathione and omega-3 fatty acids, which help support our liver through its cleansing process.

Courtesy: Huff Post Canada

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