Liver disease has a number of causes, with diabetes being one of the more significant risk factors. As with many other health concerns, medical conditions that affect this organ can be alleviated by making a few dietary changes. In particular, certain foods have shown to be very effective in helping individuals that suffer from liver disease. Knowing what they are can be crucial in ensuring that this vital organ stays healthy, especially if a person already has a risk factor such as diabetes.
We recommend trying the following foods when it comes to maintaining your liver:
- Grapefruit: This delicious fruit has natural properties that cause toxic compounds found in the liver to become more soluble, making them easier to dispose from the body. However, because of this grapefruit can also interact with a number of medication, especially statins. Aside from being great for the liver, this fruit contains a number of important vitamins, and its natural fiber content can help with regulating blood-sugar levels and improving digestion.
- Walnuts: These nuts have a number of natural properties such as arginine, glutathione and omega 3 fatty acids that are effective in helping individuals detoxify their liver. Best of all, they are a filling food due to their rich protein and fiber content, while also being an excellent source of unsaturated (healthy) fat. For those with prediabetes, walnuts have also shown some success with alleviating symptoms caused by metabolic syndrome.
- Beets: This vegetable is excellent for the liver primarily due to its excellent antioxidant content. In particular, the substances pectin and betaine are known to enhance liver function and help keep the organ free from toxins. As with other fruits and vegetables, beets promote digestion and blood-glucose control through its excellent fiber content. Being such an antioxidant rich food, researchers also speculate that beets may have potent anti-cancer properties, but further testing is needed in order to confirm this.
- Turmeric: This popular spice contains potent anti-inflammatory properties which can prevent the onset of many medical conditions, including liver disease. Turmeric can also help detoxify the this important organ by inciting enzymes to flush out toxic materials. However, this spice’s potent nutritional content does not only help out with liver disease. Research on turmeric has repeatedly shown that individuals who consume moderate amounts of it are at significantly less risk for serious medical conditions such as cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s.
- Garlic: Aside from triggering enzymes to dispose of toxic compounds in the liver, garlic contains two difficult to find nutrients that are crucial for the health of this organ: allicin and selenium. Aside from this, garlic has been noted by researchers for its many health benefits such as cancer prevention, cardiovascular health and antibacterial properties.
Although simple dietary changes are usually safe, you should always speak to a doctor first before introducing new foods into your diet. This is especially true when what you plan on eating impacts a major organ in the body, such as the liver. As always, make sure to contact your doctor or nutritionist if you have any concerns about your diabetes or the foods you eat.