Coffee is one of the best beverages you can drink to promote liver health.
Studies have shown that drinking coffee protects the liver from disease, even in those who already have problems with this organ.
For example, studies have repeatedly shown that drinking coffee helps lower the risk of cirrhosis, or permanent liver damage, in people with chronic liver disease.
Drinking coffee may also help reduce the risk of developing a common type of liver cancer, and it has positive effects on liver disease and inflammation.
It’s even associated with a lower risk of death in people with chronic liver disease, with the greatest benefits seen in those who drink at least three cups per day
These benefits seem to stem from its ability to prevent the buildup of fat and collagen, two of the main markers of liver disease.
Coffee also decreases inflammation and increases levels of the antioxidant glutathione. Antioxidants neutralize harmful free radicals, which are produced naturally in the body and can cause damage to cells.
2. Green Tea
Tea is widely considered to be beneficial for health, but evidence has shown that it may have particular benefits for the liver.
One Japanese study found that drinking 10 cups of green tea per day was associated with improved blood markers of liver health.
A smaller study in people with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease found drinking green tea high in antioxidants for 12 weeks improved liver enzyme levels and may also help reduce oxidative stress and fat deposits in the liver.
Furthermore, another review found that people who drank green tea were less likely to develop liver cancer.
They contains antioxidants that naturally protect the liver. The two main antioxidants found in grapefruit are naringenin and naringin.
Several animal studies have found that both help protect the liver from injury.
The protective effects of grapefruit are known to occur in two ways — by helping reduce inflammation and protect cells.
Studies have also shown that these antioxidants can help reduce the development of hepatic fibrosis, a harmful condition in which excessive connective tissue builds up in the liver. This typically results from chronic inflammation.
4. Blueberries and cranberries
Blueberries and cranberries both contain anthocyanins, antioxidants that give berries their distinctive colors. They’ve also been connected to many health benefits.
Cranberries and blueberries, as well as their extracts or juices, can help keep the liver healthy
Consuming these fruits for 21 days protected the liver from damage. Additionally, blueberries helped increase immune cell response and antioxidant enzymes.
Another experiment found that the types of antioxidants found commonly in blueberries slowed the development of lesions and fibrosis, the development of scar tissue, in the livers of rats.
Blueberry extract has even been shown to inhibit the growth of human liver cancer cells in test-tube studies. However, more studies are needed to determine if this effect can be replicated in the human body.
Making these berries a regular part of your diet is a good way to help make sure your liver is supplied with the antioxidants it needs to stay healthy.
5. Olive oil
Olive oil is considered a healthy fat because of its many health benefits including positive effects on heart and metabolic health.
However, it also has positive effects on the liver.
One small study in people with found that consuming one teaspoon (6.5 ml) of olive oil per day improved liver enzyme and fat levels.
It also raised levels of a protein associated with positive metabolic effects.
The participants also had less fat accumulation and better blood flow in the liver.
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