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Protecting Your Liver

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Your liver is important and must be protected

Your Liver is Important for Maintaining Health.

Protecting Your Liver. The liver is a powerhouse of an organ. And it performs a variety of essential tasks. Such as producing proteins, cholesterol and bile to storing vitamins, minerals and even carbohydrates. Also, it breaks down toxins like alcohol, medications and natural byproducts of metabolism. So then, keeping your liver in good shape is important for maintaining health. Especially as we advance in age. By the way, you may remember that it is the liver that creates the IGF-1 hormone. And which protects your brain and all the cells in your body.

Some foods that are good for your Liver

COFFEE

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Your liver will love your coffee

Protecting Your Liver. Coffee is one of the best beverages you can drink to promote liver health. Studies have shown that drinking coffee protects the liver from disease, even in those who already have this organ’s problems. For example, studies have repeatedly shown that drinking coffee lowers the risk of cirrhosis or permanent liver damage in people with chronic liver disease. Furthermore, drinking coffee may also reduce the risk of developing a common type of liver cancer. And it has positive effects on liver disease and inflammation. So then, While coffee has many health benefits, your liver, in particular, will thank you for that morning cup of joe.

GREEN TEA

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Consuming Tea green or black is good for you

Protecting Your Liver. Consuming Green tea is known to be beneficial for your health. But evidence has shown that it might have some particular benefits for the liver. Hence, a Japanese study found that drinking between 5–10 cups per day was linked with improved blood markers for liver health. Consequently, a smaller survey in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) patients. Also found drinking green tea high in antioxidants for 12 weeks improved liver enzyme levels. And may also reduce oxidative stress and fat deposits in the liver.

GRAPEFRUIT

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A grapefruit is good for you

Protecting Your Liver. Grapefruit has many benefits for your health. And it contains antioxidants that naturally protect the liver. So then, the two primary antioxidants found in grapefruit are naringenin and naringin. Furthermore, the protective effects of grapefruit are known to occur in two ways. Firstly, by reducing inflammation and secondly, by protecting cells. Consequently, studies have also shown that these antioxidants can facilitate the development of hepatic fibrosis. In this case, a harmful condition in which excessive connective tissue builds up in the liver. And this typically results from chronic inflammation. Moreover, in mice fed a high-fat diet, naringenin decreased the amount of fat in the liver, increased the number of enzymes necessary for burning fat. Thereby helping to prevent excess fat from accumulating. So then, the current evidence points to grapefruit being an excellent

BEETROOT JUICE

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Beetroot juice helps to protect your Liver

Protecting Your Liver. Beetroot juice is a source of nitrates and antioxidants, called betalains which may benefit heart health and reduce oxidative damage and inflammation. Hence, it’s reasonable to assume that eating beets themselves would have similar health effects. However, most studies use beetroot juice. But you can juice beets yourself or buy beetroot juice from the store. Also, several rat studies have shown that beetroot juice reduces oxidative damage and inflammation in the liver. Also, as well as increases natural detoxification enzymes.

Cruciferous Vegetables

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Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable

Protecting Your Liver. Cruciferous vegetables such as Brussels sprouts and broccoli. They are well known for their high fibre content and distinctive taste. They are also high in beneficial plant compounds. Also, animal studies have shown Brussels sprouts and broccoli sprout extract increase levels of detoxification enzymes and protect the liver from damage. Besides, a recent study in men with fatty liver found that broccoli sprout extract. Which is high in beneficial plant compounds, improved liver enzyme levels and decreased oxidative stress. As a result, studies in human liver cells found that this effect remained, even when Brussels sprouts were cooked. So then, cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and Brussels sprouts may increase the liver’s natural detoxification enzymes, help protect it from damage and improve blood levels of liver enzymes.

FATTY FISH

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Salmon is a great fatty fish

Fatty fish contain omega-3 fatty acids, which are healthy fats that reduce inflammation. Also, linked with a lower risk of heart disease. Oily fish such as salmon, tuna, sardines, mackerel, and trout are full of omega-3 fatty acids. For example, the fats found in fatty fish are beneficial for the liver. Here, studies have shown that they help prevent fat from building up. And keep enzyme levels normal, fight inflammation and improve insulin resistance.

Nuts

Nuts are high in fats, nutrients, including the antioxidant vitamin E. And beneficial plant compounds. So then, this composition is responsible for several health benefits, especially for heart health. But potentially also for the liver. After a six-month observational study of 106 people with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. (NAFLD) It was found that eating nuts were associated with improved liver enzymes. However, while more high-quality studies are needed, preliminary data points to nuts being an important food group for liver health.

OLIVE OIL 1

Olive oil is considered a healthy fat because it has many health benefits, including positive effects on the heart and metabolic health. However, it also has positive effects on the liver. As a result, a small study of 11 people with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Also found that consuming one teaspoon (6.5 ml) of olive oil per day improved liver enzyme and fat levels. It also raised levels of protein associated with positive metabolic effects. And the participants had less fat accumulation and better blood flow in the liver.

OLIVE OIL 2

Later, several more recent studies have found similar effects of olive oil consumption in humans, including less fat accumulation in the liver. Improved insulin sensitivity, and improved liver enzymes’ blood levels. So then, fat accumulation in the liver is part of the first stage of liver disease. Therefore, olive oil’s positive effects on liver fat and other health aspects make it a valuable part of a healthy diet. Besides, why not try a teaspoon of olive oil every day? Your liver will appreciate it.

In Conclusion

Remember, your liver is an organ that has an important part to play in your health. Look after it well, a healthy liver means you are well, if you liver is not functioning properly, that is a serious threat to your wellbeing. So then always look after it and it will look after you.

Important Note *

Remember that everyone is different, and it is ultimately YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to find what your body responds to… Please do your own due diligence before trying anything new, including getting Medical Advice to ensure your safety and peace of mind.

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