Top five liver boosting foods and supplements
In the last 20 years, the U.K. has made a name for itself when it comes to binge drinking. More and more people hit the streets at the weekend with the sole intention of getting as drunk as possible.
Now holiday season is upon us, the poor liver takes even more of a battering. If you have been guilty of drinking too much alcohol in the past, treat your liver to these foods and supplements and get it back on track.
This has been heralded by many as the ultimate product to take if you want to improve your liver function. It contains silymarin which prevents potentially damaging substances from infiltrating the organ. Many health food stores sell it in capsule form which is easy to take with a glass of water or fruit juice. Silymarin also prevents the depletion of glutathione — one of the most important nutrients for liver detoxification. Several studies have shown milk thistle to be helpful for people with liver damage although conventional health practitioners are still unconvinced.
Vitamin C also helps support and boost glutathione. As an antioxidant this vitamin is great for improving all bodily functions including our vision and immune system. The Old Wives' Tale of stocking up on Vitamin C when you have a cold has been shown to be correct as there is evidence taking the vitamin at the onset of the illness helps our bodies to recover more quickly and prevents colds developing into serious conditions such as pneumonia or a chest infection.
Although it may not make your breath very attractive, garlic is actually a great way to improve liver health as it filters toxins from the blood. Garlic contains a sulphur compound called alliin which is a powerful antioxident, arginine, an amino acid important for relaxing the blood vessels, and selenium, a mineral which increases the action of antioxidants.
Although a superfood in its own right, Kale is also a great addition to your diet if you want to improve your liver health. Not only is it a nutritional powerhouse but studies suggest it helps the liver to detoxify and can prevent cancer. If this hasn't convinced you enough, kale is aso packed with phytonutrients which help us to digest food better.
Dandelion root is another popular remedy for detoxifying the liver. According to livestrong. com, it does this by stimulating the flow of bile, which helps remove toxins. This protects the liver from the effects of alcohol and other potentially damaging chemicals and pesticides found on fruit and veg produce. Although it doesn't give you a free pass to treat your liver badly and abuse alcohol, it is said to help the liver recover after a particularly hard drinking session. It is also good for digestion and contains Vitamins A, B complex, C and D.