These 6 foods support your liver (and help you detox)

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These 6 foods support your liver (and help you detox)

Your liver is working hard to keep you healthy. Its role is to convert nutrients from our diets into substances that the body can use and to remove toxic substances and convert them into harmless ones. It is found in the upper abdomen right below the diaphragm and flows bile and blood through to the gallbladder. Blood from the digestive organs flows into the liver, carrying nutrients, medication, and toxic substances. This is how your liver removes alcohol from your blood and gets rid of byproducts.

The liver is necessary for metabolizing fat, as well as many other roles central to the metabolic processes in the body. Liver cells produce bile which is passed to the main bile duct, which carries it to the small intestine, where the bile is useful in the breakdown and absorption of fats.

The liver also helps to regulate the level of sugar in your blood by storing excess blood sugar as glycogen. So, as you can see the liver is pivotal in running the body, helping you digest and absorb nutrients. One sign of an unhealthy liver is if your ability to digest fats is significantly affected. But what do you do then? Well, there are a number of foods that support liver detoxification and help bring your liver back to top health.



A lot of people have an opinion about garlic, whether they love to put it on everything or they hate it for its ability to stink up our breath. But the truth is that garlic is good for you, and especially your liver. It contains selenium, arginine, vitamin B6, and vitamin C.

Selenium helps the liver in the detoxification process by increasing the action of antioxidants. Arginine is an amino acid that relaxes the blood vessels which helps with blood pressure in the liver. Vitamin B6 acts as an anti-inflammatory in the liver, and vitamin C prevents cellular oxidation that leads to liver cell damage.

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Grapefruit is a sweet citrus fruit that packs a real punch when it comes to liver health. It contains vitamin C which is key to preventing cellular oxidation, and glutathione, which is involved in assisting the liver in the production of detox enzymes. There are 70 milligrams of glutathione in a single grapefruit, and it is used in several processes in the body, like tissue repair, and production of chemicals and proteins that the body needs.


Vegetables are also great for your overall liver health. Ones to eat include, Arugula, spinach, chicory, beets, broccoli, cauliflower, and brussels sprouts. Anything green and leafy helps protect the liver by neutralizing metals, chemicals, and pesticides.

Arugula, spinach, and chicory are linked to increased bile flow that helps rid the body of waste products. Beets boost liver function by cleansing the blood. Broccoli, cauliflower, and brussels sprouts aid in the removal of toxins by producing the right kind of enzymes.



Already considered a superfood by some, the avocado has more to offer than almost any other food. They contain glutathione which is necessary for detoxing the liver, as well as vitamin C and vitamin E which act as antioxidants to neutralize free radicals and protect liver cells from damage. Additionally, the vitamin E and vitamin K serve anti-inflammatory purposes, helping to protect the liver.

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You might not regularly eat walnuts but you definitely should because they contain arginine, glutathione, omega-3 fatty acids, as well as being chalked full of antioxidants. The walnuts ample antioxidants neutralize free radicals, and they help protect against fat accumulation in the liver. It’s also important to eat walnuts because they assist in building strong cell membranes around the liver cells.


You might have heard of the magic of turmeric, but probably didn’t know it was also great for your liver. The active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, is a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. It supports liver detoxification by rejuvenating liver cells and preventing toxins and alcohol from being converted into harsh compounds that damage the liver. It also helps increase the flow of bile, acting as a liver cleanser.

If you need more reasons to start eating turmeric check out this article.

So, if you plan on detoxifying your liver, the best place to start is with these foods. Your liver needs arginine, and glutathione as wells as a wide variety of nutrients and vitamins. Stick to a diet of these foods and your liver should be constantly detoxifying.



David Wolfe. Eat These 6 Foods to Naturally Cleanse Your Liver! Accessed: November 30, 2016.

PubMed Health. How does the liver work? Published: August 22, 2016. Accessed: November 30, 2016.

Youtube. 16 foods that detox/cleanse liver naturally Published: November 18, 2015. Accessed: November 30, 2016.

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