World Liver Day, observed on April 19th every year, is to create awareness and know the importance of liver for your body and to manage the liver diseases effectively.
The liver is the second largest organ and is your chemical processing plant. It accepts 30% of the blood circulating in your system each minute-to remove harmful toxins and distribute and store essential nutrients. This important process is called metabolism. It fights infections, get rids of toxins, maintains cholesterol, regulates blood sugar, make proteins and secretes bile to ease digestion.
Foods to combat liver disease
Garlic is the best food to detox and keeps your liver healthy. Allicin the antioxidant in garlic stimulates the liver enzymes that can flush out harmful substances.
The presence of isothiocyanates a sulfur-containing compound in broccoli helps to flush out carcinogens and improves the metabolism. Recent research also proved that regular intake of broccoli lowers the risk of developing non-alcoholic fatty liver.
The scientist from the University of Medical Sciences Poland revealed that betalains the antioxidant in beetroot is potent in lowering DNA damage and liver injury induced by carcinogens.
The richness of carotenoids in carrots and other nutrients keeps the liver healthy. As per the NIN, Hyderabad a study conducted by supplementing rats with carrot juice significantly lowered the DHA, triglycerides, and MUFA levels in the liver and can thus safeguard the liver from nonalcoholic fatty liver and liver toxicity.
The goodness of catechin a polyphenol in green tea exhibits varied health benefits. Researchers from China proved that green tea drinkers revealed a remarkable reduction in the risk of liver cancer, liver disease, liver steatosis, liver cirrhosis, and hepatitis.
Curcumin is the active compound in turmeric that helps to prevent liver diseases and injury by lowering inflammation, minimizing oxidative stress and improving lipid metabolism and insulin sensitivity.
Grapefruits, lemons, limes, and oranges are all citrus fruits rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants, both of which promotes the production of liver detoxifying enzymes and cleanses the liver.
Walnuts are a good source of healthy fats that exhibits anti-inflammatory properties. The presence of arginine helps the liver to get rid of toxins like ammonia and glutathione.
Start including these foods in your daily regimen to keep your liver healthy and free of diseases. You may be surprised to see the improvement in your health sooner than you expected.