Liver Friendly Foods



Valerie Lull

Our liver is always busy working to neutralize and eliminate toxins from our body. Sometimes in today’s toxin laden world it more often than not works overtime. Too much overtime can cause consequences both to the liver and the other organs in our body. There are many simple things we can do to assist our liver and help to lighten its burden. Today I am discussing “liver friendly foods”. They are readily available in the produce section of your supermarket.


With most people they either love garlic or they hate it. Garlic is often used in cooking to flavor and spice up foods. It is used  in Italian cooking as well as other cuisines. Fresh garlic can be bought in the produce  aisle, chopped up, and put in salads, entrees, pasta dishes, and stir-fry’s. Garlic has many health properties that include the maintenance of the liver. A study done in 2013 showed that garlic destroys liver cancer cells. Garlic activates liver enzymes that flush out the toxins.


Cilantro is popular as a detox herb. It helps to detoxify heavy metals in the body, supporting healthy liver function.  Cilantro is tasty and used as an ingredient in all kinds of cooking. It is also used as a garnish, but let’s hope you eat it and don’t let it sit on your plate and look pretty!


It seems that I can’t write enough about lemons. Despite the lemon’s sour taste it is a very popular fruit, loaded with Vitamin C. Lemons induce the liver to produce bile which is necessary for digestion. The vitamin C helps produce glutathione which cleanses and regenerates the liver.

Green Tea

Green tea seems to be good for everything and it is very popular. Green tea has catechins and they help to improve the functioning of the liver. They also seem to help with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. A study was done in 2013 and published in the International Journal of Molecular Medicine. Seventeen patients with NAFLD (non-alcoholic fatty liver disease) drank green tea high in catechins or green tea low in catechins or a placebo for 12 weeks. The group that drank the tea high in catechins showed improved liver fat content and decreased inflammation in the liver.

One way you can have your green tea is to put lemon in it. That way you get two liver friendly foods at once. As with any decision to use a natural health protocol, be sure to discuss it with your health care provider beforehand.

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Sakata, R., Nakamura, T., Torimura, T., Ueno, T., Sata, M. “Green tea with high-density catechins improves liver function and fat infiltration in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) patients: A double-blind placebo-controlled study.” International Journal of Molecular Medicine 32.5 (2013): 989-994.


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I am a master herbalist and I write a blog about general health and wellness. I discuss herbs, natural remedies and nutrition.

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