All the festive season eating, drinking and merry-making is great for the soul but not so great for the poor old liver, the organ responsible for breaking down carbohydrates, making glucose, and detoxing the body. It also stores nutrients and creates bile, which is necessary to properly digest and absorb the nutrients in food.
And while it is nearly impossible to cure liver disease with just diet, it is possible to promote liver health by adding certain foods, drinks and supplements to your daily diet. Especially if you try to choose organic foods, ethically grown and produced with greater consciousness.
Here are three nutritional ideas to add to your list of musts:
A 2013 review in the journal “Liver International” suggested that coffee may help protect the liver from fatty liver disease and even liver cancer. This may be because it seems to reduce fat build-up in the liver and increases protective antioxidants. Coffee could also be helpful in assisting liver enzymes to rid the body of cancer-causing substances.
Many dark berries, such as blueberries, raspberries and cranberries, contain antioxidants called polyphenols, which may help protect the liver from damage. Always try to choose organic.
Eating too much fat is not good for the liver, but some fats may help it. According to a World Journal of Gastroenterology study, adding olive oil to the diet may help reduce oxidative stress and improve liver function. This is due to the high content of unsaturated fatty acids in the oil.
And Then there is Milk Thistle
To further help your liver, consider Releaf Milk Thistle, a sugar free product containing ingredients of natural origin that may help protect the liver and support liver function. Milk Thistle is a plant named for the white veins on its large prickly leaves. The active ingredient, Silymarin, is extracted from the plant’s seeds and fruit. Silymarin is a flavonoid believed to have antioxidant properties.
According to the Mayo Clinic, Milk Thistle appears to be safe when taken in appropriate doses and might play a role in treating certain liver conditions.
Check out this TED Talk to learn more about what the liver does.
As always, we recommend that any treatment program should begin with advice from your doctor – to help ensure that complementary medicines do not conflict with any other kinds of medication that you’re on.