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Health Value Of Foods

What vegetables help detoxify the liver?

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  • AMichael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answered
    You already know that cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels spouts, and cabbage) are good cancer-fighters. They've also been shown to help aid the detoxification processes of the liver.

    While you're at it, it's also important to have foods loaded with vitamins B (like whole grains) and C (like citrus fruits and leafy green vegetables) because they, too, have been shown to aid the detoxification process by helping your innate antioxidant system.
  • AJohn La Puma, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, answered

    The cruciferous family of vegetables is your best bet. It is so named because when the plants bloom, they form a four pointed cross.  Broccoli and cabbage are well known, but arugula, chard, collards, daikon, kale, kohlrabi and watercress are cruciferous too, and they act in the liver to neutralize toxins. 

    So does the garlic family (leeks, chives, ramps, garlic and onions), which boost sulfur levels, important in detoxification. 

    If you want to be sure you're getting the most from your produce, look for the USDA Organic seal: no synthetic chemical pesticides, fertilizers or herbicides used. And look for hormone or antibiotic free animal foods too.

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