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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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