Top vegetables for liver health
We suggest the following 5 vegetables for improving liver health and function:
Dandelion: is mostly known as a herb; however, it is superb for liver function. The root can be made into a coffee while the leaves can be used up in a salad or smoothie.
Jerusalem artichoke: contain inulin which is a complex carbohydrate not broken down by the body. It promotes liver regeneration and stimulate bile flow. The artichoke must be fresh, otherwise the inulin breaks down into sugars. Inulin nourishes bifidobacteria.
Fennel: it aids digestion and prevents flatulence. Helps the liver to work less.
Onion: versatile containing bioflavonoids, calcium, and sulphur. Key in cholesterol and blood sugar health.
Garlic: nutrient powerhouse, and possibly the most useful. Not only antiviral and antibacterial but also widely used against parasites, worms, moulds, yeast. It is a must in any detox programmes.
Beneficial supplements for liver health
We suggest the following 4 supplements for liver health and support:
Glutathione: major antioxidant in the body produced in the liver. Key role in liver detoxification.
B – Complex: all B vitamins are needed and used by the liver. They are involved in both phases of the liver detoxification process. B vitamins work in synergy and so it is recommended to take the complex. Lack of these will lead to fatigue, mental, and emotional problems.
Zinc: a co-enzyme for SOD enzyme.
Magnesium: involved in over 300 enzymatic reactions.
Author: Anita Andor, Nutritional Therapist