The liver is one of the largest organs in the human body with many important metabolic functions. Its main jobs include filtering the blood coming from the digestive tract, before passing it to the rest of the body, converts harmful chemicals into harmless substances (or removes them from the body), and changes the nutrients in our diet into substances the body can use.
Overtime, due to unhealthy diet and lifestyle choices, the body can accumulate toxins and the liver can become impaired and stop working effectively. It has been proven that dietary components are essential for and can be beneficial or detrimental to the healthy or diseased liver. Therefore, it is important to focus on foods which help to reduce the impact of toxins and assist with the bodies natural eliminatory processes. Plant-based antioxidants have preventive and therapeutic effects on various liver diseases including alcoholic liver disease, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, viral hepatitis, and liver cancer.
Juicing is an amazing way to consume an abundance of these healthy plant foods in an easy to absorb way, which is of particular importance if your liver isn’t functioning optimally. This allows your body to experience the benefits of the nutrients in a quicker and more effective way. The combination of ingredients in this liver cleansing beetroot juice will support your liver in its natural cleansing process.
Beetroot helps to purify the blood and protect the liver. A diet high in antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, like beetroot, assists in the balance of redox homeostasis, which is essential for a healthy physiological steady state. This boosts antioxidant enzymes, and damage removal and repair systems (for proteins, lipids, and DNA), at the optimal levels consistent with good health.
In a study released in September 2010, there was a study published in the Indian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, tested on animals by giving a dose of ginger and chicory. As a result, ginger and chicory significantly restore liver damage and blood composition towards normal, either by eating all the ingredients or one of them. A study done by Dr. Greg Arnold showed that ginger provided significant improvements in inflammatory proteins, liver enzymes, insulin resistance, and overall health compared to the control group. Particular extracts of ginger, particularly the ethanol, has been shown to help in the treatment of liver fibrosis. Ginger also appears to have a positive improvements in livers of old rats by slowing down age-related structural changes.
Apples, and especially apple peels, have been found to have a potent antioxidant activity and can greatly inhibit the growth of liver cancer and colon cancer cells. Ursolic Acid in apple peel stimulates muscle growth and imparts resistance to obesity, glucose intolerance and fatty liver disease.
Lemon is a health-promoting fruit rich in phenolic compounds as well as vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber, essential oils and carotenoids. It has been shown that the antioxidant capacity of lemon juice has the ability to prevent damage to the liver. Findings support the reported therapeutic use of this fruit in tribal medicine for liver ailments and jaundice. A study published in 2002 shows that lemon peels and the waste stream of the lemon peels may be beneficial in lowering blood and liver cholesterol levels.
Apart from having amazing antioxidant and anticancer properties, carrots are rich in Vitamin A which has a positive effect on controlling immune reactions and the treatment of liver failure. Vitamin A plays a role in reducing fat in the liver and enhancing liver metabolic functions. Carrots are also a fantastic source of carotenoids which have potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory micronutrients, which have been investigated in the prevention and treatment of NAFLD. The main sources of the carotenoids are fruits and vegetables. Carotenoids can act as potent antioxidants and protect the cells against oxidative damage which is one of the key contributors in the development of non-alcoholic liver disease.
Inflammation plays a direct role in non-alcoholic liver disease. Celery is rich in luteolin which may be beneficial in preventing or treating conditions that involve increased inflammation. Luteolin is a flavonoid which has the ability to protect cells from oxidative stress. Celery also contains Vitamin C which boosts the immune system and reduces free radicals in the body. This all contributes to a healthy liver.
Love your liver with this delicious juice and drink it for breakfast a minimum of five times a week for breakfast (if you’re trying to heal a serious condition), or three times per week to help maintain a healthy functioning liver.
Liver Cleansing Beetroot Juice
- 6 red apples
- 1 small beetroot
- 2 carrots
- 1 stalk celery
- 1/2 lemon roughly peeled
- 1 thumb length piece ginger
- Put all the ingredients through a juicer.