As an organ heavyweight of almost 1.5 kilograms, the liver does a remarkable job in the body. In essence, it breaks down alcohol and medication, puts away fatty food and sugar, and even acts as a “bouncer” for unknown substances by first testing them undergoes. Without the liver, we would not only be permanently poisoned but simply not viable. And as a rule, she also endures the winter festivities with mulled wine, roast goose, lard pastries, and Co. with stoic serenity. It is high time to show some gratitude to the power organ by giving it a few strokes with food that protects the liver. Note: The liver also reaches its limit at some point, and then it can become dangerous.
Until recently, the beetroot lived as a stale vegetable, with which at the most the grandmother was still cooking. But then she made a brilliant comeback in the hip super food kitchens. And rightly so, because the substance betanin, which is responsible for the intense red color, is a welcome help for the liver. With its anti-inflammatory properties, betanine helps the liver cells with their detoxification work and even manages to kill heavy metals. A brand new study by Babu Banarasi Das University showed how significant these effects specifically affect the fatty liver. India revealed. To this end, 40 obese participants were given beetroot powder daily for three months. Subsequently, it became apparent that not only did the cholesterol level drop measurably (the “bad” LDL decreased, the “good” HDL increased), the fatty liver size also reduced in some test subjects. As early as 2013, Polish scientists at the University of Poznan found out that the latter, thanks to betanin, has been shown to provide particularly useful protection against liver damage.
As a good jack of all trades in the summer fruit basket, blueberries are among the most popular fruits. Research even showed that blueberry extract inhibits the growth of human liver cancer cells. All indications that blueberries are a super liver favorite.
The fact that people in the Mediterranean have a particularly high life expectancy may also be due in no small amount of garlic, which is a must in almost every dish. The tuber, which is controversial in odor-sensitive people, contains the sulfur-like substances S-allyl mercaptocysteine and diallyl disulfide, which activate the liver enzymes. Thanks to their help, the detoxification machine can work more efficiently. Researchers from the University of Isfahan, Iran, found out in 2016 how this is physically noticeable. For this study, 110 people with fatty liver disease were given garlic extract for 15 weeks. In the end, it turned out that they all lost weight and body fat mass, while hardly anything happened in the garlic-free control group.
Nuts, especially walnuts, contain plenty of omega-3 fatty acids. Interestingly, there are many studies on omega-3 and fatty liver. A slightly older survey by the Tongji University, Shanghai, from 2008, is particularly striking. Sixty-six patients with fatty liver were given two grams of omega-3 acids obtained from seal oil every day for 24 weeks. Thirteen of them, about 20 percent, emerged from the experiment with a fully healed liver. Fortunately, even if, according to doctors, seal oil delivers the highest quality omega-3, trading in seal products is prohibited in Europe. For non-vegetarians, herring is an excellent source of valuable fatty acid. One of the few fish, by the way, that one can eat with a clear conscience – as far as sustainability is concerned.