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Top 10 Fruits and Vegetables for Your Liver

Updated on January 5, 2011

Why Not Be Good to Your Liver?

We all do a number on our liver due to certain external forces, particularly alcohol. But the least we can do is eat proper foods that help facilitate the processing of those particular toxins and double, if not triple, up on the vitamins and nutrients that will put our livers back at ease.

1-4. Cruciferous Vegetables

1. Cabbage: Cruciferous Vegetables have the gift of facilitating natural detoxification mechanisms. Cabbage in particular has one of the highest vitamin counts including Vitamins E and C.

2. Broccoli: This supervegetable is known for being rich in Vitamin C and three key nutrients (glucoraphanin, gluconasturtiian, and glucobrassicin) that activate, neutralize and eliminate unwanted toxins.

3. Kale: This reduces the secretion of a cholesterol transporter (called apolipoproteinB-100) by the liver cells. It's also high in fiber and Vitamin A.

4. Brussel Sprouts: Very few vegetables can brag about providing stability within white blood cell DNA, talk about impressive.

5. Artichokes

Artichokes have some of the most sophisticated liver-protecting mechanisms known. When the liver is going through the detoxification process, toxins are first converted to an even more toxic substance. Which is why liver protection is so important. Without this proper protection, processing these toxic substances can lead to liver damage. More specifically, studies have shown artichoke leaf can protect the liver against toxins such as carbon tetrachloride and alcohol and may help damaged liver cells regenerate.

6. Apples

Water based fruits are generally good for the liver due to their healing properties. Apples in particular are rich in antioxidants and aid in controlling cholesterol and digestion.

7. Pears

Phloretin is found in both pears and apples and can act as a liver cancer cell inhibitor.

Pear fun facts: They contain a mild laxitive effect (and therefore stabilize bowel movements), clear phlegm and have the ability to heal vocal chords.

7. Watermelons

Not only are they good for your liver, they're beneficial to your bladder, heart and the often overlooked kidneys. Your kidneys are a key player in filtering toxins out of the blood stream and since watermelon has such a large water content, eating it can help with kidney flushing.

8. Garlic

The unique sulfur components of garlic, also known as Russian penecillin, increases antioxidant levels in blood levels. As for the liver, it hinders the aging process in liver cells.

9. Soybeans

This also includes soy milk, tofu and other soy products. This superfood is high in fiber and quality protein and low in saturated fat. It can prevent and/or reduce the risk of a multitude of things like: breast cancer, heart disease, stroke and osteoporosis. Recently, soy, particularly soy milk, has gotten a lot of flack for liver distress, but let us clarify that the sweeteners put in commercial soy milk is the cause of this.

10. Oats

Oats, more specifically oat bran, which is the outer layer of the oat seed, is touted as the cholesterol lowering wunderkind food of the century. The health benefits of oats reach far beyond just cholesterol controlling; eating oats on a regular basis may reduce heart disease risk, prevent type 2 diabetes, and reduce carcinogens in the gastrointestinal tract. Not to mention they are a good source of vitamin E, minerals and protein.

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