Did you know there are foods that have been proven to be beneficial for your liver? Here are nine liver healthy foods to incorporate into your diet.
1. Oatmeal. This food is high in fiber content, which helps your liver function the way it should. An additional bonus to eating oatmeal is that it can help you lose weight, especially in the stomach area, which helps decrease your chances of developing liver disease.
2. Broccoli. Adding more vegetables to your diet is a great way to help keep your liver healthy. Broccoli can help protect you from nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. If plain broccoli doesn’t sound appetizing to you, look up different recipes that use broccoli.
3. Coffee. Studies have shown that drinking 2-3 cups per day can help protect your liver from damage caused by excessive alcohol consumption and/or a poor diet. It may also help lower your risk of developing liver cancer.
4. Green tea. This drink contains an antioxidant known as catechins, which can help protect you from certain types of cancer, including the liver. While some prefer their green tea cold, you will receive more catechins by drinking it hot.
5. Water. This should come as a no-brainer, as there are so many benefits received from drinking water and staying hydrated. Drinking water helps save calories, which is important to master while trying to maintain a healthy weight.
6. Almonds. Nuts, particularly almonds, are a great source of Vitamin E, which helps prevent fatty liver disease. Almonds are also great for the heart.
7. Spinach. Leafy greens, such as spinach, have an antioxidant in them known as glutathione that helps the liver function properly. There are so many recipes with spinach; the possibilities are endless!
8. Blueberries. These berries have nutrients called polyphenols, which help in the fight against nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (those with obesity or high cholesterol are more prone to developing this disease). Other foods rich in polyphenols include dark chocolate (but limit the sugar intake), olives, and plums.
9. Herbs and spices. These are great for your liver as well as your heart, and they can help you cut back on the amount of salt you use to season your food. Oregano, sage, and rosemary are rich in polyphenols. Other great choices are cinnamon, curry powder, and cumin.