We need a wide variety of nutrients and antioxidants for our liver health. These days our livers need all the help they can get to remove and detoxify all the pollution and everyday chemicals we are inundated with. The majority of our produce is heavily treated with chemicals to ward off bugs and disease and unfortunately for us , it doesn’t vanish! Unless of course it is grown organically.
The very air we breathe is full of gas emission from vehicles, coal plants, oil refineries, smoking. added to this, food is usually highly processed and missing the original vitamin and mineral content our bodies need. We to be mindful of our lifestyle choices and to maximize our health by giving our livers the antioxidants and appropriate care and nutrition it needs to filter out those toxins and keep us at our peak levels!
Antioxidants, what are they….and why are they important to liver health
Antioxidants are a wonderful group of minerals, vitamins and other food based chemicals which protect our cells from scavenging free radicals. Free radicals consist of unstable molecules, putting our whole body health under pressure and increases aging exponentially by mutating our DNA cells. This damage is the root cause of many modern illnesses, causing cancer, Alzheimer’s, heart disease by hardening artery walls through cell damage and many more.
All our internal organs, including our liver, are under threat of harm by free radicals. Antioxidants are highly beneficial in helping to detoxify pollutants in our body. The liver’s load is greatly lightened, which in turn helps it to rid our body of toxins easily. The most important and valuable antioxidant vitamins for liver health are beta carotene, C and E.
What’s Good for Liver Health-The top antioxidants for Liver Health
Vitamin C is the great anti free radical destroyer antioxidant for liver health. As well as providing protection from free radicals, Vit C aids in reducing damage to liver cells from damaging chemical toxins, alcohol and medications to name a few.
Great sources of Vitamin C include – all citrus fruits, kiwifruit, all berries, broccoli, spinach and cucumber.
Vitamin E is a fat soluble antioxidant. It prevents fats from becoming rancid from free radical attacks. The cell membranes protecting the liver are all fat based. Vitamin E helps to protect the cells that protect the liver! A study published in the Huffington Post has also shown that vitamin E, amongst other benefits, can reduce the scar tissue in liver. This is important as liver scar tissue can progress to cirrhosis.
Vitamin E sources include blackberries, apples and kiwis.
All carotenoids but especially the beta carotene antioxidants are essential for health and an effective, strong functioning immune system which is able to keep you healthy and well. Beta carotene converts to vitamin A in the liver, helping to loosen up and breakdown abused and toughened liver fibres, possibly even helping to restore them to health and prevent cirrhosis of the liver.
Great food sources of beta carotene include – watermelon, blackberries, peaches, kiwi, kale, spinach, carrots, and broccoli.
Glutathione, the master antioxidant for Liver health
If you would like to know how to improve liver function, for that matter your whole body health, then you cannot go past glutathione. It is the supreme antioxidant and our body cannot function without. Glutathione is the heavyweight antioxidant at demolishing free radicals and a potent aid in liver detoxification. Low glutathione levels are directly linked to liver problems, toxicity, most modern day disease, aging and aging issues and poor health. By increasing glutathione levels, we are being proactive in loving our livers and decreasing the toxic load radically. A healthy liver leads to a healthy and happy body.
Although glutathione is available in certain foods we consume and made naturally we can always raise glutathione levels in our body.
Foods Beneficial to the Liver
Great sources of glutathione include all cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, asparagus, spinach, eggs. Vitamin C intake increases your glutathione levels.
Glutathione Boost -Liver Health Juice
- 20 asparagus heads
- 1 apple
- 1 cup of broccoli heads
The apple sweetens the greens to make this juice tasty and it provide great liver support.
Your Super Dose Antioxidant Vitamins
- 3 cups of blackberries
- 2 kiwis
Peel kiwifruit and wash blackberries before juicing. Both kiwifruit and blackberries are high sources of vitamins beta carotene, E and C and delicious 🙂
Beta Carotene Super Dose
- 5 large carrots
Use organic! You don’t need to peel them! This increases the amount of fibre and gives a direct punch of liver nutrition and whole body goodness. Carrots contain the highest beta carotene levels of all vegetables and fruits.
- 1 cup of cabbage
- 2 cups of broccoli heads
- 4 large carrots
- 1 cup of cauliflower (the white flower only)
Power packed and a highly effective cleanser for your liver and a great detoxifier. It is chock full with antioxidants and vitamins your liver will thank you for . If you need to make it sweeter, add carrots!! 🙂
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So, you can see just how important having a healthy and happy liver is and the crucial role antioxidants can play in detoxifying and cleansing our livers for optimum health through juicing! Come and visit our Juicing Recipes Page for more recipes for your liver health
Here’s to your health,