What foods are good for the human liver?

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What foods are good for the human liver?
A diet high in vegetables is good for your liver (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Diana House)

More than 18,000 U.S. residents died of liver cancer in 2007, according to research from the American Cancer Society. That's an increase of 10 per cent from the previous year. Fortunately, you can help keep your liver healthy by eating the right foods

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Fibre is Key

Foods that are high in fibre help keep the liver working properly. Oat bran and other whole grains, as well as several fruits and vegetables such as spinach, broccoli and blueberries are high in fibre.

What foods are good for the human liver?
Blueberries are high in fibre (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of thebittenword.com)

The Value of Lean Proteins

Lean proteins help prevent fatty build-up from accumulating in the liver. Good sources of lean protein include fish, chicken and extra lean beef.

What foods are good for the human liver?
Foods high in lean protein protect the liver (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of woodley wonderworks)

Antioxidants Keep the Liver Healthy

Vegetables with high levels of beta-carotene, an antioxidant, help protect the liver from a wide range of diseases. Vegetables fitting this criteria include carrots, beets and spinach.

What foods are good for the human liver?
Carrots are high in antioxidants (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Jackie)

Don't Skip the Beans

Legumes such as kidney beans and soybeans are rich in the amino acid arginine. This acid helps to neutralise the ammonia that can be found in the liver.

What foods are good for the human liver?
Beans are rich in helpful arginine (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of marya)

Get Your Essential Vitamins

Foods high in vitamins C and E, which include tomatoes, broccoli, peppers, almonds, asparagus and walnuts, act as powerful antioxidants. Foods with high levels of vitamin B, including broccoli, eggs and brown rice, can help eliminate or prevent liver congestion.

What foods are good for the human liver?
Tomatoes are high in vitamin C (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Lo)

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