One of the hardest-working organs in the body, the liver works tirelessly to detoxify our blood, to produce the bile needed to digest fat, to break down hormones, and to store essential vitamins and minerals, like iron.
It’s the liver’s responsibility to process nutrients absorbed by the intestines so they’re more efficiently absorbed. The liver also regulates blood composition to balance protein, fat and sugar. Finally, it removes toxins from the blood, and breaks down both alcohol and medications.
If the fat in your liver makes up 5–10 percent of the organ’s weight, then you are diagnosed with fatty liver disease. There are two main types of fatty liver disease, alcoholic liver disease and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
Artichoke: may protect your liver from damage and promote the growth of new tissue. It also increases the production of bile, which helps remove harmful toxins from your liver. The combination of enhancing bile production and the antioxidants occurring naturally in artichoke extract make artichoke a very useful herb in protecting the liver.
Olive leaf: plays an important role in reducing fatty liver load, while also lowering cholesterol and arterial blood pressure level.
Dandelion: the vitamins and nutrients present in dandelions help cleanse our livers and keep them working properly. Dandelions aid our digestive system by maintaining the proper flow of bile. Dandelion tea or stems are also good vitamin C foods, which helps with mineral absorption, reduces inflammation and prevents the development of disease.
Lecithin: protects the health of your liver several ways. It’s a special type of lipid that prevents fats from accumulating in the liver. Plus lecithin is an important source of the nutrient choline, which has a vital role in liver function. Lecithin is the common name for phosphatidylcholine, so the two names are often used interchangeably.
Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and Brussels sprouts may increase the liver’s natural detoxification enzymes, help protect it from damage and improve blood levels of liver enzymes. It is important to combine cruciferous vegetables with healthy fats for better absorption of the fat-soluble vitamins.
Papaya: one of the main causes of fatty liver disease is dietary fats. Ayurveda has it, both the pulp and the seeds of the papaya fruit are effective in burning these dietary fats, thereby preventing fatty liver disease naturally. For this, you could eat a slice of papaya with honey every day.
Green tea is enriched with high-density catechins which improve liver functioning and prevent fat accumulation in people suffering from the nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. It blocks the amount of fat stored in the liver and improves its functioning as well. Drink 3 to 4 cups of green tea regularly to keep the fatty liver disease at bay.