Vitamins For Liver Health: Evidence-Based Foods, Supplements & Recipes

Vitamins for Liver
Heidi Moretti AuthorHeidi Moretti, MS, RD
Functional Medicine Nutritionist
Detoxification Expert

Vitamin A | Vitamin B12 | Niacin | Vitamin D | Vitamin E | Omega 3 | Recipes

There is a backstory behind my interest in liver health, and more specifically, vitamins for liver health. The numbers of liver disease caused by poor diets are growing by the minute. I see SO many young people with liver disease more than ever before. I believe a lot of these can be avoided with healthy eating.

In this article, I will share with you several key vitamins for liver health, and the best ways to get them from foods, easy to make recipes, and when needed, supplements.

Top Vitamins For Liver Health

Several foods are specifically high in vitamins for liver health, that despite an impressive amount of research, are often missed from our plates. Many people don’t realize that some of these vitamins can go a long way to helping liver function.

Vitamin A & Beta Carotene

Liver Vitamin A & Beta Carotene

I am very excited to start the list of vitamins for liver health with vitamin A. Due to its importance and also since it’s quite easy to get from natural foods.

Both its active (Retinol) and carotene forms are needed, especially since some people can’t effectively convert carotenes into active vitamin A due to genetics. More on that below.

Vitamin A as Retinol

Active vitamin A, or retinol, comes from animal foods like cod liver oil, liver, fish, and meats. Since the liver is the main storage site of vitamin A, one of the best source of vitamin A comes from animal liver.

While eating high quality of animal liver is generally healthy, caution should be taken if you have a history of iron overload or high cholesterol. Always speak with your doctor before starting any new supplements or meal plans.

According to research, vitamin A can effectively reduce fat in the liver and help control inflammation. As in any of the other vitamins for liver health, the benefits don’t stop here. The body needs vitamin A to make hormones and increases immunity signaling that can ramp down inflammation, such as t-regulatory cells.[1,2]

Beta Carotene

β-Carotene is the orange-red pigment you often see in many vegetables and fruits that serve as the precursor for vitamin A. According to research, Beta carotene can protect liver tissues from toxins in the air, such as pollutants and unwanted chemicals.

You should always make sure to get carotene-rich foods on top of retinol, as it has additional functions and benefits.

Carrots, pumpkin, sweet potatoes and winter squash are great ways to get more carotene in your diet.

Other sources of beta carotene include dark leafy greens such as kale, and spinach. You may wonder how come these greens are high in Beta carotene but are not orange or red? Since greens also contain high levels of chlorophyll (the green pigment), the dominant color of the plants ends up as dark green which  “covers” the orange or red pigment.

Problems with Retinol Conversion

Due to genetics, some people can’t effectively convert carotenoids into active vitamin A.[3]

I’m actually one of these people.  Right away I noticed improvements in my health when I started focusing on getting more retinol from my diet.

On that note, unlike beta-caretone (the body uses what is needed, and get rids of the excess), you have to be careful with retinol supplements, as you can overdo it.  It is always best to get it from natural food sources if possible. Make sure to choose cod liver, fish, and meats from clean, preferably wild sources that are low in mercury and heavy metals.

Vitamin B12 Deficiency & Liver Health

Vitamin B12 Liver Health

Vitamin B12 deficiency is something that I am continually encountering because of today’s food trends, poor gut health, and also medications that rob the body of vitamin B12.

Many people don’t realize that vitamin B12 is actually essential for a healthy liver. The research data suggests a connection between low levels of vitamin B12 and non alcoholic fatty liver.

On top of the importance of vitamin b12 to liver health, the body needs vitamin B12 to make red blood cells, protect nerves, and reduce inflammation; a problem in people who have liver damage. In fact, vitamin B12 can suppress the production of inflammatory compounds generated from our immune system called cytokines.[4]

Vitamin B12 Supplements

The most reliable sources of vitamin B12 are animal meats and fish. For this reason, vegans and vegetarians need to take B12 supplements and monitor their levels. The risks of low vitamin B12 levels, however, are not limited to vegans and vegetarians. So it is best to check your levels, and take supplements if needed.

When it comes to B12 supplements, the absorption of natural “active” forms of vitamin B12 such as Adenosylcobalamin and Methylcobalamin is shown to be much more effective than synthetic ones. In fact, one study found that the combination of these forms  was comparable to vitamin B12 injection.[5]

VEGANSAFE B-12 is a good example of a vitamin B12 supplement that uses these two natural active forms of vitamin B12. It is also one of the few vitamin B12 supplements out there that is certified organic.

Niacin (Vitamin B3) & Liver

Niacin (Vitamin B3) Liver

In addition to vitamin B12, it is important to meet all your B vitamins as they can also support liver health.

Niacin or vitamin B3, shines in this regard due to its ability to reduce cholesterol, triglycerides and fatty blood lipids. Studies found that people who eat more niacin rich foods have less liver fat.[6]

Good food sources of niacin include: animal liver (once again), chicken, turkey, and wild fish like wild salmon, and tuna.[7]

Vegetarian sources include portabella mushrooms, avocados, peanuts, rice and potatoes.  If you are vegan or vegetarian, make sure to check the amounts you get from your foods, to make sure you get enough niacin.

Vitamin D3 & Your Liver

Vitamin D Liver

Vitamin D3 is actually a hormone your body makes after sun exposure. Several studies have found a link between low levels of vitamin D3 to liver health. The researchers believe that vitamin D3 can help protect the liver from inflammation, insulin resistance and nonalcoholic fatty liver.[8]

Unfortunately, many people have low vitamin D levels due to our modern lifestyle that encourages working indoors, and once out, heavy sunscreen use. This is not just a problem in cold climates, and it is usually among the first vitamins checked in standard blood tests.

While the body primarily make vitamin D3 after sun exposure, you can still get some amounts from fatty fish such as wild salmon, and some types of mushrooms, depending on their growing conditions.

Vitamin D3 supplements are often taken considering how common vitamin D deficiency is. You should work with your doctor to test your levels and determine the vitamin D3 dose you need.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E Liver

Do you know that over 90 percent of Americans don’t get enough vitamin E from their diet?  For most people, this should be a super simple fix.  Just add in some of the following, one or more servings per day: avocados, raw almonds or sunflower seeds, and olive oil. Also try some clean source of almond milk for a vitamin E boost.

The researchers found that Vitamin E helps protect the liver cells due to its strong antioxidant effect. Also here, your body needs vitamin E for many other functions.

Omega 3 Fats & Liver Health

Omega 3 Fats & Liver Health

While not vitamins, omega 3 fats are a critical component for liver health, especially in reducing inflammation and fats in the liver.[9]

Wild fish are the most concentrated way to increase omega 3 fats in your diets, especially their long-chain DHA and EPA.

Make sure to choose small wild-caught fish from clean areas, such as wild alaskan salmon, to avoid high mercury content. Farmed fish are usually raised on a diet that is not intended for fish (such as corn), and as such, many health experts do not consider them as a healthy option.

For vegans, good sources of omega 3 include chia seeds, flaxseed and hemp seeds. Plant sources of Omega 3, however, have a low conversion rate to DHA & EPA. So if you follow a vegan or a vegetarian diet, you may want to take omega 3 supplement from algae oil.

Recipes to Support Nutrients & Vitamins for Liver Health

It’s easy to put together meals that support liver detox and maintain a healthy liver.  Below are some easy options. A major benefits of eating whole foods, is that they support your entire body.

Try to sit in the sun while enjoying the following recipes to soak up some liver healthy vitamin D.

Liver Health Salad Recipe

Liver Health Salad Recipe

Servings: 1 people
Author: Heidi Moretti, MS, RD

Ingredients

  • ½ cup fresh raw carrots, grated (beta carotene)
  • 2 cups organic spinach (beta carotene)
  • 1 medium avocado, sliced (vitamin E)
  • 1 oz raw sunflower seeds (vitamin E)
  • 3 oz wild alaskan salmon, grilled, or baked (niacin, vitamin B12, Vitamin D, omega 3 )
  • 1 cup broccoli, whole pieces, raw or lightly steamed (vitamin C, antioxidants that support liver health)
  • 5 small fresh cherry tomatoes optional

Dressing

  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil, extra virgin (vitamin E)
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • Himalayan salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Combine all the ingredients on your plate.
  • Add Himalayan salt and pepper to taste.

Vegan Options:

  • Instead of the salmon, sprinkle on 2 tbsp of nutritional yeast and 1 ounces hemps seeds (omega 3).
  • Make sure to supplement vitamin B12 and vitamin D3

Liver Health Salad Recipe Nutritional Label

Liver Health Salad Recipe Nutrition Label

Bonus: Liver Health Guacamole

Liver Health Guacamole

So many dishes are served with processed bread or crackers. There are many healthy alternatives, however, that also include some of the key vitamins for liver health.

Use fresh carrots, celery or sweet potato slices instead of processed crackers using yummy liver friendly appetizers, and a healthy guacamole as a dip.

If you are a Guacamole fan, make sure to try the Detox Healthy Guacamole Recipe.

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Liver Cleanse Recipe : Safe Evidence Based Flush Without Side Effect

liver cleanse recipes

In this guide, we gathered the best liver cleanse recipe options for the liver and gallbladder cleanse.  Use these to enhance your liver cleanse results, or as a natural way to promote healthy liver and gallbladder health.

These liver cleanse recipes are also a great fit for people who want to do a liver cleanse without epsom salts or would like to avoid the liver flush side effects. Safety should always come first.

Liver Cleanse Recipes & Main Ingredients

See the different options and the complete ingredients list of each liver cleanse recipe. You may want to adjust based on your personal preferences.

  • Drink: apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, grapefruit juice, coconut oil.
  • Juice: apple juice, beet juice, carrots, ginger.
  • Tea: ginger, lemon, cinnamon, cloves.
  • Salad dressing: olive oil, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, turmeric, garlic.

Additional resources:

  • Complete liver cleanse protocol, see: protocol.
  • Liver cleanse diet, see: diet.
  • List of liver cleansing foods & evidence, see: foods.

Liver Cleanse Recipe

List of all the Ingredients you need for one day of liver cleanse. See the different options and the complete ingredients list for each liver cleanse recipe. You may want to adjust based on your personal preferences.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Juice, Salad
Cuisine: American, Chinese
Keyword: liver cleanse recipe
Servings: 1
Author: Cleanse Joy

Ingredients

  • 2-4 tablespoon 1 raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar 15 ml
  • 2 medium apples
  • 1-2 medium lemons
  • 1 large grapefruit
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil extra virgin cold pressed
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil extra virgin, raw
  • 2 medium beetroot
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 1 inch ginger root
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 stalks celery
  • ½ bunch spinach
  • 2-4 cloves garlic
  • dash ground black pepper
  • himalayan salt to taste
  • 2 medium cucumbers optional
  • dash cinnamon optional
  • stevia optional

Instructions

  • See the different options and the complete ingredients list for each liver cleanse recipe. You may want to adjust based on your personal preferences.

Liver Cleanse Drink

Liver Cleanse Drink

The liver cleanse drink recipe is a true staple for the liver and gallbladder cleanse. It makes a great option for people who wants to avoid the high sugar liver cleanse juice recipes many protocols include.

This recipe uses apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, and liver cleanse herbs to cleanse, detox and help the body to flush out toxins from the liver and gallbladder.

Please see below the tops tips from our members and popular add-ons, as these can boost the liver cleanse recipe, and help you to tailor it based on your needs.

When to drink: drink first thing in the morning and up to four times a day. Always drink on an empty stomach, one hour before or after other meals or drinks.

Liver Detox Drink Cleanse Recipe
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Liver Detox Drink Recipe

Prep Time1 min
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American, Chinese, Indian
Keyword: Liver Detox Drink Recipe
Servings: 1
Author: Cleanse Joy

Ingredients

  • 1 liter distilled or spring water (33 ounces)
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar (15 ml)
  • liver cleanse herbs (see below)

Instructions

  • Squeeze the juice of 1/2 organic lemon.
  • Add to 1 liter of distilled or spring water.
  • Shake the bottle of the apple cider vinegar until the cloudy part ("the mother") is well mixed.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of organic raw unpasteurized apple cider vinegar. 
  • Shake and drink.
  • Drink first thing in the morning and up to four times a day. Always drink on an empty stomach, one hour before or after other meals or drinks.

Liver Cleanse Drink Recipe : Top Tips and Add-Ons

Here are the most popular options you may want to add to the liver cleanse drink:

  • Liver cleanse herbs (4 full droppers of Dr. Group’s LivaTrex) to improve the liver cleanse. The formula combines science proven herbs such as Milk thistle (Silybum marianum) and Chanca piedra (Phyllanthus niruri) that can help to repair and regenerate the liver, as well as to dissolve and soften liver and gallbladder stones (gallstones).
  • Grapefruit juice (from one grapefruit) is a very popular option instead or with the lemon juice.
  • Coconut oil (1 tablespoon) to boost energy and additional liver support.
  • Beet juice (1 cup) 30 minutes before your workout. If you choose to use this option, do not add the coconut oil.
  • Stevia (a few drops) to add sweetness if needed. Stevia with alcohol free vanilla extract is the most popular option.

Liver Cleanse Juice

Liver cleanse Juice

The liver cleanse juice recipe offers an easy quick way to provide your body with many liver cleansing foods and nutrients.

The nutritional profile of this juice is exceptional. This goes above and beyond the liver cleanse protocol. You can actually feel the difference. For this reason, many of our members who love how this juice make them feel, drink it on an ongoing basis. See the complete recipe.

  • Ingredients: celery, spinach, carrots, beetroot, ginger root, lemon, apple, cucumbers, stevia, cinnamon.
  • When to drink: drink the juice on an empty stomach, when you still didn’t eat solid foods that day. Ideally 1-2 hours after you had your liver cleanse drink.

Liver Cleanse Tea Recipe

Liver Cleanse Tea Recipe

In addition to the liver cleanse drink and juice recipes, we also include a hot tea version for the winter. This is when you may prefer to drink something hot and shooting during the liver cleanse.
See the complete recipe.

  • Ingredients:  lemon, ginger root, cloves, cinnamon, raw honey, stevia.
  • When to drink: drink the tea anytime during the day as a part of your liver flush or cleanse, or by itself as a natural way to support liver and gallbladder health.

Liver Cleanse Salad Dressing Recipe

Liver Cleanse Salad Dressing Recipe

The liver cleanse salad dressing recipe is one of the best liver cleanse remedies that actually taste really good. This allows you to easily turn any salad into a liver detox salad, due to the many liver cleansing foods and herbs we combined in this recipe.

Notice that this recipe also has potent antiparasitic properties. Don’t be surprised if you see dead parasites in your stool as a part of the cleanse.

Apple Cider Vinegar Parasite Cleanse Salad Dressing

Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
Keyword: Apple Cider Vinegar Parasite Cleanse Salad Dressing, Lemon Vinaigrette
Servings: 2
Calories: 240kcal
Author: Cleanse Joy

Ingredients

  • 1-2 tablespoons raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil unrefined cold pressed extra virgin
  • 1 medium lemon
  • 2 cloves raw garlic
  • ¼ tsp himalayan salt to taste
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper optional
  • ½ tsp mustard optional
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder optional
  • stevia optional

Instructions

  • Shake the apple cider vinegar bottle to mix the cloudy part at the bottom.
    ("The mother").
  • In a glass bottle or a mason jar, place 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.
  • Squeeze the juice of 1 lemon and add to the bottle.
  • Add 4 tablespoons of olive oil. Shake the bottle.
  • Mince the garlic, add to the bottle and shake well.
  • To make the healthy lemon vinaigrette version, add ½ tsp of mustard.
  • Add himalayan salt and black pepper to taste. Shake well.
  • If you like turmeric, add ¼ tsp of ground turmeric and shake well. To add a little sweetness to balance the turmeric flavor, add a few drops of stevia.
  • Add to your salad. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 240kcal

This recipe works with any veggie salad.
A good example is our colon cleanse detox salad.

Detoxifying Liver And Kidneys : Best Foods, Recipes, Remedies

Detoxifying Liver And Kidneys

In this guide, we focus on the top foods, recipes & remedies proven by science to have potent natural detoxifying liver and kidneys abilities. All, natural, safe whole foods you can easily get at your local store.

Use them on their own as an easy way to boost your diet with foods that are good for your liver and kidneys, or to enhance your liver and kidney cleanse protocols.

Related Topics:

Top Detoxifying Liver And Kidneys Foods

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar detoxifying liver and kidneys

Raw apple cider vinegar (ACV) is well known for its natural ability to cleanse, detox and flush out toxins from the body.

The research data suggests that apple cider vinegar detoxifying liver and kidneys properties come from its ability to regulate lipid metabolism in the liver, and protect the kidneys and liver from an oxidative injury due to high fast diet [1, 2].

Specifically to the kidneys cleanse, many health experts believe that apple cider vinegar can naturally promote an alkaline environment inside the body, which can alter the acidity in the urine. This can help the kidneys to better pass toxins, and may also prevent the formation of kidney stones.

A study that evaluated the connection between the dietary habits of 12,570 adults to kidney stones in china, found that more consumption of tea, legumes, and fermented vinegar was associated with a lesser risk of kidney stone formation [3].

Example: Liver Detox Drink Recipe

Liver Cleanse Drink

Ingredients: water, apple cider vinegar, lemon, herbs.
See the complete recipe.

Lemon & Lime Juice

lemon detoxifying liver and kidneys

Perhaps one of the most famous ayurveda home remedies to detox and cleanse the body; drink warm water with lemon juice first thing in the morning.

The research data suggests that lemon and lime juices can prevent kidney stone formation due to their high citric acid content. Citrate has the ability to bind with urinary calcium and calcium oxalate crystals which may help to prevent crystal growth [4, 5].

As for the liver cleansing benefits of lemon juice, the data suggests that lemon juice can regulate elevated levels of serum ALT and AST liver enzymes as well to balance triacylglycerol and lipid peroxidation in the liver [6].

The researchers believe that the detoxifying liver and kidneys abilities of lemon juice are related to its high citric acid content (kidneys) and high antioxidant capacity (liver).

Example: Liver Detox Tea

Liver Detox Tea

Ingredients: lemon, ginger root, cloves, cinnamon, raw honey, stevia.
See the complete recipe.

Olive Oil

olive oil lemon detoxifying liver and kidneys

Extra virgin olive oil has a long history of traditional use as food and medicine. According to the medical literature, there are multiple ways olive oil can protect the liver. The data suggests that olive oil can reduce fatty liver disease, prevent liver cells injury, and reduce lipid peroxidation [7].

Additional studies also found that olive oil can protect the kidneys as well. According to the evidence, olive oil has the ability to reduce the growth of urinary stones, control kidney inflammation, and prevent kidney damage [8, 9].

Example: Detox Parasite Cleanse Salad Dressing

Liver And Kidney Cleanse Salad Dressing

Ingredients: olive oil, apple cider vinegar, lemon, garlic, himalayan salt, black pepper, mustard.
See the complete recipe.

Beetroot Juice

Beetroot juice detoxifying liver and kidneys

The detoxifying liver and kidneys properties of beets, come from their ability to increase the blood flow to the kidneys, and reduce oxidative damage to the liver.

Beets are rich in natural chemicals called nitrates. When you drink beet juice, the body converts the nitrates into nitric oxide [10]. In the kidney, nitric oxide play a key role in many important functions needed to regulate and maintain healthy kidneys functions [11].

In his post “The Kidney Dysfunction Epidemic”, Dr. Joseph Pizzorno described a study where beetroot juice was able to increase blood flow to the Kidneys, up to 26%. According to Dr. Joseph [12]:

Increasing blood flow to the kidneys has a huge impact on improving detoxification and decreasing oxidative stress.

Beets are also considered as the top detoxing foods for the liver. Beetroot is a rich source of a class of antioxidants known as betalains. According to research, beetroot may have a protective effect against oxidative damage to the liver [13].

Example: Kidney Cleanse Juice

Kidney Cleanse Juice

Ingredients: Ingredients: celery, carrots, cucumbers, beet, apple, orange.
See the complete recipe.

Ginger

Ginger juice detoxifying liver and kidneys

There’s a very good reason why you can find ginger root in almost every liver and kidney cleanse recipe. According to research, ginger has the ability to improve kidney function and protect kidneys from different toxins. The evidence suggests that ginger can decrease inflammation and oxidative damage to kidney tissue when exposed to a wide variety of toxins [14].

Multiple studies also suggest that ginger can improve liver enzymes profile and other nonalcoholic fatty liver disease characteristics [15].

44 nonalcoholic fatty liver patients that took 2 grams of ginger for 12 weeks, showed improvements in certain liver enzymes, inflammation, insulin resistance and other nonalcoholic fatty liver disease characteristics [16].

Example: Liver Cleanse Juice

Liver Cleansing Juice

Ingredients: celery, spinach, carrots, beetroot, ginger root, lemon, apple, cucumbers, stevia, cinnamon.
See the complete recipe.

Blueberries

Blueberries detoxifying liver and kidneys

Multiple studies suggests that blueberries can protect the kidneys from disease, due to their ability to preserve blood flow to the kidneys, decrease inflammation, and delay damage and injury to the kidneys [1718, 19].

Regarding the liver, research data suggests that blueberries antioxidant properties can decrease the development of chronic liver damage, scarring of the liver, and liver failure [2021].

Carrots

carrots detoxifying liver and kidneys

Carrots have a long history of traditional use to treat kidney disease and other urinary disorders. Modern science was able to validate this use. According to research, carrots antioxidant, anti-inflammatory properties and high beta carotene content, may help to reduce kidney toxicity and protect the kidney from damage [22 ,23].

Additional evidence also suggests that carrots can protect the liver as well [24]. According to research, the bioactive components of carrot can improve liver functions in cases of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease [25].

Pomegranate Juice

Pomegranate Juice detoxifying liver and kidneys

The research data on pomegranates is quite remarkable. Multiple studies found that pomegranates can help prevent or treat several types of cancer, cardiovascular disease, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other diseases [26].

These benefits also include the liver and kidneys health. Several studies were able to demonstrate pomegranates detoxifying liver and kidneys benefits. Pomegranate juice was able to reduce the oxidative stress and inflammation in the liver, and protect the liver against various liver injuries [27, 28].

Other studies found that pomegranate juice was able to prevent crystal depositions, kidney stone formation, and protect the kidneys from cellular damage caused by exposure to heavy metals [29, 30].

Turmeric

Turmeric liver and kidney cleanse

With a long history of traditional use and a large number of studies, turmeric is one of the most potent detoxifying liver and kidneys herbs.

Curcumin, the main active compound of turmeric, has shown anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, antifungal, antibacterial and anticancer activities. [31].

A study that compared curcumin to placebo, found that curcumin reduced liver fat content by 78.9% vs 27.5% in the placebo group, regulate elevated liver enzymes, and improve cholesterol triglycerides profile. [32].

Another study concluded that curcumin can reduce harmful molecules that may lead to inflammation in chronic kidney disease. [33].

Example: Kidney Cleanse Tea

Kidney Cleanse Tea

Ingredients: spring water, dandelion, turmeric, lemon, black pepper, stevia.
See the complete recipe.

How To Detox Your Liver : Evidence Based Natural Liver Cleanse Protocol

liver cleanse herbs

The liver cleanse protocol below summarizes our 15 years of liver cleansing and detoxification experience. Based on our research, it is one of the best natural ways you can do to detox your liver at home.

Special consideration was given in the protocol to both effectiveness and safety in order to avoid any liver detox symptoms and side effects.

Safety should always comes first. Especially when you naturally cleanse at home.

How To Do A Liver Cleanse

4 easy steps to detox your liver:

  1. Drink liver detox drinks. See homemade diy recipes: drink, juice, tea.
  2. Avoid foods that are bad for the liver. See: foods to avoid.
  3. Eat the liver cleansing diet with foods that detox the liver. See: diet, foods to eat.
  4. Take liver cleansing herbs to improve results. See: herbs.

Protocol Duration: 1-5 Days.

If you are familiar with our protocol, you can use the links above for quick references. If this is your first time, we highly recommend that you read the protocol. This 10 minutes read may save you a lot of discomforts and common side effects many people experience, which can be easily avoided.

Liver Cleanse Benefits

Most common benefits people report include better digestion, less bloating, gas and other digestive issues, significantly more energy, and better mood.

Cleared complexion with skin issues getting better is also quite common. Some people also report better brain function.

How One Day Of The Natural Liver Cleanse May Look Like:

For best results, always match your liver cleanse diet to your personal likes, preferences, lifestyle and needs. The menu below is provided as an example.

  • Breakfast: liver detox drink.
  • 2 Hours later: liver detox juice or liver cleansing fruits: cinnamon apples or fresh blueberries.
  • Lunch: 1 serving of the detox salad meal (see recipe).
  • Snacks: 1-2 oz of fresh raw nuts, or 1 fresh avocado.
  • Dinner: 1 serving of the cauliflower rice detox meal (see recipe).
  • Throughout the day:  liver detox drink.

Enjoy Your Cleanse: There are many liver cleansing foods you can choose from, so choose the ones you enjoy. For the complete list of liver cleansing foods, along with the scientific evidence on their liver health benefits, see: Diet.

To get more ideas for liver cleanse recipes you can easily include in the liver cleanse plan, see: recipes.

Liver Cleanse Drink

Liver Cleanse Drink

The first step to detox your liver is to make the the liver cleanse drink.  Healthy, easy to make, effective, and safe, it is one of the best liver detox home remedies you can do to naturally cleanse, flush and detox your liver.

According to the evidence, the ingredients in this recipe may also help the body to repair and regenerate the liver, as well as to dissolve and soften liver and gallbladder stones (gallstones).
See the complete recipe.

  • Ingredients: apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, and liver herbs.
  • When to drink: drink first thing in the morning and up to four times a day. Always drink on an empty stomach, one hour before or after other meals or drinks.

Liver Cleanse Juice

Liver Cleansing Juice

The second step to detox your liver, which is also an easy quick way to provide your body with many liver cleansing foods and nutrients, is the liver cleansing juice.

The nutritional profile of this juice is exceptional. This goes above the liver cleanse protocol. You can actually feel the difference. For this reason, many of our members who were so impressed with how this juice made them feel, decided to drink it on an ongoing basis.
See the complete recipe.

  • Ingredients: celery, spinach, carrots, beetroot, ginger root, lemon, apple, cucumbers, stevia, cinnamon.
  • When to drink: drink the juice on an empty stomach, when you still didn’t eat solid foods that day. Ideally 1-2 hours after you had your liver cleanse drink.

Liver Cleanse Diet

Liver Cleanse Diet

The liver cleanse diet plays a key role in the liver detox plan; you want to choose the best detoxing foods for the liver, and also avoid problematic foods that are bad for liver.

As most studies and health experts suggest, when it comes to a healthy diet for the liver, it is really important to avoid the foods that are known to damage or stress the liver. The last thing you want to do when you detox your liver, is to add more toxins from bad eating.

Foods To Avoid During Your Liver Detox

Foods to avoid while you detox your liver include processed sugars, fried foods, flour, dairy, wheat, gluten, processed foods, greasy food, food high in cholesterol or trans fatty acids.

Drinks to avoid: include sugary beverages, stimulants, alcohol. We also recommended to watch for artificial sweeteners or high-fructose corn syrup we often see in so called healthy bars.

For best results, try to avoid large meals and overeating, as these can stress your liver and body.

Most people have no problems giving up dairy during the liver cleanse. If you do find it hard, however, you may want to consider pure unsweetened plant based milks. Good options are coconut milk, almond milk, cashews milk, hemp milk. Just read the label and watch for artificial ingredients or extra sugars. Plant based milks are not always healthy. Not surprisingly, you can usually find the better options stored in the refrigerator.

Liver Cleansing Foods

Liver cleansing foods

We get a lot of questions on the liver cleanse diet, as there are so many options you can choose from. You don’t have to eat all of the liver detox foods of course. It is best to choose the ones you enjoy the most that agree with your body and taste buds.

The list of common liver cleansing foods to include on the liver cleanse diet:

  • Fruits: apples, lemon and other citrus, blueberries.
  • Cruciferous vegetables: cauliflower, cabbage, kale, garden cress, bok choy, broccoli, brussels sprouts.
  • Other veggies: beetroot, asparagus, carrots.
  • Greens: spinach and all leafy greens. Especially dark leafy greens.
  • Oils: extra virgin olive oil, extra virgin coconut oil.
  • Fats: avocado, raw nuts & walnuts.
  • Spices: turmeric, garlic, ginger, cinnamon.
  • Vinegar: apple cider vinegar.

To help you choose the best foods to support your liver detox, we wrote the Detoxing Foods For The Liver guide. We focused on the most common detoxing foods for the liver you can easily get in your local store.
Read the guide.

Liver Cleansing Herbs

There are a number of known liver cleansing herbs that can further improve the liver detox due to some unique properties. Milk thistle (Silybum marianum) for example, may help to repair and regenerate the liver. Chanca piedra (Phyllanthus niruri), also known as stonebreaker, can dissolve and soften liver and gallbladder stones (gallstones).

For best results, always get your liver herbs from a trusted source. You want to make sure you use high quality fresh herbs (ideally organic or wildcrafted). For the ease of use and to improve the absorption in the body, it is best to use these herbs in an alcohol free liquid formula.

Liver Cleansing Herbs
Dr. Group’s Livatrex
is the liquid liver herbs formula we use in liver cleanse protocol.

  • Ingredients: milk thistle, chanca piedra, borotutu bark, yellow dock root, dandelion root, greater celandine, chicory root, turmeric, peppermint leaf.
  • Directions: to use the liver cleanse herbs, we recommend to add 4 full droppers to the liver cleanse drink, up to four times a day, during the liver cleanse.

Liver Detox Tea

Liver Detox Tea

Homemade liver cleanse drinks, juices and smoothies can offer a great natural way to detox your liver. In the winter, however, you may prefer to also drink something hot during the liver cleanse.

For this reason, hot liver detox teas complement very well the liver cleanse. As a part of our liver detox protocol, we spent a lot of time researching for the best liver detox tea remedies and recipes. We looked into historical traditional use, modern research data, reviews, benefits and side effects.

The liver detox tea recipe offers a great natural way to support your liver and gallbladder health. We focused on safe and effective ingredients you can easily find at your local store.
See the complete recipe.

  • Ingredients:  lemon, ginger root, cloves, cinnamon, raw honey, stevia.
  • When to drink: drink the tea anytime during the day as a part of your liver flush or cleanse, or by itself as a natural way to support liver and gallbladder health.

The Liver And Gallbladder Flush

Many liver detox and cleanse protocols, suggest to also do a liver flush day at the last day of the cleanse. This protocol became famous after the late Dr. Hulda Clark published it as a part of her natural liver cleanse plan.

According to the liver flush protocol:

  • For 5 days you consume liver cleansing foods and drinks.
  • Day 6 (flush day): you stop to eat after 2PM, take epsom salt laxatives, and drink a large amount of olive oil mixed with citrus juice before bedtime. How much oil? according to most protocols, you mix ½ cup olive oil (108 grams of fat) with ½ – ¾ fresh squeezed grapefruit juice.

As for the claims, this protocol may help the body to flush out gallstones and other toxins from the liver and gallbladder.

The Liver And Gallbladder Flush : Evidence

Many people who follow the liver flush protocol report they passed many green-brown stones with their bowel movements.

Are these gallstones though?

Research data is lacking in this area. A few researchers who tested the stones one patient passed, concluded they were not gallstones, but were caused by the olive oil and lemon.

Anecdotal evidence, however, including testimonials and reviews suggest that many people do feel much better after the liver and gallbladder flush. Is it just a placebo effect, or is there’s something into it?

Our Experience With The Liver And Gallbladder Flush

The liver and gallbladder flush protocol is not an easy protocol to do.

People who have prior experience with different body cleanses are usually ok with it. Other people who are just starting their body cleansing experience, however, may benefit much more from doing the liver cleanse protocol without the flush.

What do we mean when we say not an easy protocol? A few examples of things to expect the first time you follow Dr. Hulda Clark liver flush (or similar protocols):

  • You are required to take laxatives (epsom salts), so you constantly have to go to the bathroom.
  • After you drink the olive oil – citrus combination, many people don’t feel so good. A lot of people find it hard to sleep that night. Important: these discomforts are not signs of liver detox working, or that you are healing. You do not need to feel bad in order to feel good.
  • Most of the benefits people report are achieved only after they did multiple liver flushes.

Additional Liver Cleanse Resources

Liver Cleanse Recipes

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Best liver cleanse recipe options for the liver and gallbladder cleanse.
(See guide).

Liver And Kidney Cleanse

Detoxifying Liver And Kidneys

Detoxifying Liver And Kidneys : Best Foods, Recipes, Remedies.
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Liver Detox Tea : Best Recipe For Liver Cleanse You Can Make At Home

best teas for detoxing liver

As a part of our liver cleanse protocol, we spent a lot of time researching for the best liver detox tea remedies and recipes. We looked into historical traditional use, modern research data, reviews, benefits and side effects.

The liver detox tea evidence based recipe below offers a great natural way to support your liver and gallbladder health. We focused on safe and effective ingredients you can easily find at your local store.

We hope this recipe and review will help you in your journey for a safe effective and happy cleanse.

Liver Detox Tea Ingredients : Summary Of Evidence

Quick links: Recipe, side effects, benefits.

What Is The Best Tea To Detox The Liver?

Most liver detox tea products you get at the store, include a combination of common liver herbs, especially the top liver cleansing herbs: milk thistle seed, chanca piedra, borotutu bark, greater celandine, chicory root, dandelion root, turmeric, peppermint, and others.

Are these liver detox tea a good and safe option to cleanse your liver? Not exactly. Not always.

Liver Detox Tea Side Effects

Safety wise, there are reports of side effects and issues. The medical literature report cases of patients that had liver toxicity after they consumed liver detox teas. Moreover, many liver detox teas contain ingredients that have very little research on their effectiveness for liver cleansing, or safety in general. Other contain problematic ingredients that can cause stress to the liver.

Other reviews mention side effects such as digestive issues, diarrhea, excess gas, bloating and headaches. While a few practitioners explain these as temporary liver detox symptoms, we do not believe these discomforts are necessary. In our experience, you do not need to feel bad before you feel good.

The first key takeaway: if you consider to use a liver cleanse tea, get it from a trusted safe source, ideally that is specialized in cleansing.

Liver Detox Tea Benefits

As a part of our liver cleanse protocol, we tested a large number of liver herbs. The results have not being consistent. This is very common when it comes to natural herbs, since there are many factors that can impact the potency of the herbs. The origin of the herbs, their freshness, harvesting time, and many other factors can all impact the concentration of the active ingredients and effectiveness of the herbs.

In our testing, we didn’t see a big difference in the cleanse results after we used liver detox tea products. Liver herb extracts usually work better. The only exception was when we used fresh organic liver herbs. We literally took these from the ground and made a tea a day after. Fresh liver herbs, however, are usually not available to most people.

Liver Detox Tea Recipe

The liver detox tea recipe below offers a great natural way to support your liver and gallbladder health. We focused on safe and effective ingredients you can easily find at your local store.

Considering that most liver cleanse drinks are cold, many people prefer to also drink something hot during the liver cleanse, especially in the winter or as a healthy alternative to other hot beverages.

Liver Detox Tea

Homemade liver detox tea recipe to cleanse and flush your liver and gallbladder with safe & effective natural liver herbs, foods and spices.
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time12 mins
Course: Tea
Cuisine: American, Chinese, Indian, Japanese
Keyword: Liver Detox Tea
Servings: 1
Calories: 60kcal
Author: Cleanse Joy

Ingredients

  • 1 cup spring water
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 2 inches ginger root
  • dash ground cloves optional
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon * optional
  • 1 tbsp raw local honey or a few drops of stevia optional

Instructions

  • Peel the ginger root and cut to thin slices.
  • Boil the ginger in water for 5 minutes.
  • Add the cinnamon * and cloves (optional). See comments below.
  • Reduce the heat, cover and allow the to simmer for additional 5-10 minutes. The longer, the stronger the taste.
  • Strain the tea into your tea cup.
  • Squeeze the juice of ½ organic lemon, add into the tea.
  • Add the raw honey or stevia to taste (optional).

Notes

* See concerns about cinnamon in the evidence section below.

Nutrition

Calories: 60kcal

Liver Detox Tea : Top Tips From Our Members

  • Cinnamon & Clove:
    Both choices show in studies potential as a natural way to support liver health, with some concerns about cinnamon (See evidence below).
    Taste wise, both add a very strong taste to the tea. Some people love the way they taste, others may not.
    For this reason, if you usually don’t like the way cinnamon or clove taste, do not add them to the recipe. If you like to try, always start with very small serving size, and adjust based on the way the tea tastes.
  • Stevia vs. Honey:
    Both options have evidence (see below) on safety and even effectiveness to promote liver health. We prefer stevia over honey, as it doesn’t have any calories or impact on blood sugar levels. If you choose honey, we recommend to prefer organic raw and local.

Liver Detox Tea : Summary Of Evidence

Ginger

ginger Liver Detox Tea

Ginger has a long history of use as a natural remedy for digestive issues such as constipation, bloating, indigestion, nausea and vomiting. When you cleanse your liver, you want to make sure your digestion system works well so it can effectively eliminate any toxins released from the liver during the cleanse.

Specifically to liver, the research data suggests that ginger can improve liver enzymes profile and other nonalcoholic fatty liver disease characteristics [1].

Lemon

lemon Liver Detox Tea

There are many reasons to include lemon in your liver cleanse tea, juice or in fact in any detox recipe you make. The first reason, is that lemon juice can enhance the body’s overall ability to detox and cleanse. Naturally, safely and effectively.

As for the liver detox benefits of lemon, the research suggests that lemon juice can regulate elevated levels of serum ALT and AST liver enzymes as well as triacylglycerol and lipid peroxidation in the liver [2].

Clove

clove liver cleanse tea

If you like the way cloves taste, you may want to include cloves in the liver detox tea. The research data suggests that Eugenol, one of clove’s main active ingredients, has a strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to decrease oxidative stress and protect the liver against injury. [3].

Another reason to add clove to the liver detox tea, is that clove is well known for its antibacterial and antifungal properties, which may be helpful during the cleanse. [4].

Cinnamon : Good or Bad For The Liver?

Cinnamon liver detox tea

Taste wise, cinnamon compliments very well the flavor of clove. But is cinnamon a good option for the liver cleanse? The evidence in this case, is not conclusive.

Benefits

On one hand, cinnamon comes with a very long history of traditional use that is also supported by modern research. The data suggests that cinnamon may have therapeutic benefits on lipid profile, liver enzymes, insulin resistance in nonalcoholic fatty liver disease patients.  One study suggests that taking 1500 mg cinnamon daily may help to improve nonalcoholic fatty liver characteristics.  [5].

Concerns

There are however, some concerns regarding potential liver toxicity of cinnamon. These concerns are linked to cinnamon’s active ingredient, coumarin. And here’s the challenge. The recommended safe daily intake of cinnamon is 0.1 mg/kg/day. For a 200 pounds male of female, this means 9 mg of cinnamon a day. Obviously, this means that most people who consume cinnamon easily exceed this amount.

A study that further tested this concern in the traditional Japanese herbal medicine (Kampo medicine), found no cases of abnormal liver function in patients that exceeded the recommended daily intake. [6].

The bottom line

Cinnamon is a very popular natural spice, that can add a lot of flavor to your recipes, along with health benefits.

If you like the way it tastes, you can continue to use cinnamon. You may want however, to take breaks just to be on a safe side. Another option for you to consider, is ceylon cinnamon. Also known as “true cinnamon”, this type of cinnamon has much less coumarin content compared to the cassia cinnamon type.

If you have concerns about your liver health, or do not like the taste of cinnamon, we do not see a reason to start adding it to your recipes. There are better and safer ways to detox and cleanse your liver.
At least until the medical community will conduct more studies on the question of cinnamon – liver toxicity.

Stevia

Stevia liver detox tea

Stevia is a natural sweetener that is made from the leaves of the plant species Stevia rebaudiana. The biggest benefit of stevia over honey, is that it has zero calories with very minimal impact of blood sugar levels.

For this reason, we usually prefer to use stevia over other sweeteners including honey. If you like the way stevia taste, stevia may be a very good option to sweeten your recipes.

As for the liver benefits of stevia, the research data suggest that stevia can prevent oxidative stress in the liver and may be useful for acute and chronic liver diseases. [7].
On that note, there is definitely a need for more studies to confirm such a strong claim. The evidence does suggest, however, the potential of stevia as a safe option.

A few comments about stevia:

  • When you use stevia, little goes a long way. Stevia is just very sweet. Just add a few drops and see how the tea tastes.
  • Always look for 100% pure stevia on the label. Many stevia products also contain other ingredients.
  • Some stevia products have a bitter aftertaste. It is best to choose a stevia product that removes the components that cause the bitter taste when they extract the stevia. You can usually see this on the label.

Honey

Honey liver detox tea

Not everyone likes stevia. We see it very clearly in our testing. If you are not happy with the way stevia taste, honey may offer a very good natural option to sweeten the liver detox tea.

While most people think of honey as a natural sweetener, Honey does have a long history of traditional use as medicine for many centuries [8].

Research data suggests that honey can increase the nitric oxide levels in the liver tissues, which can protect the liver against damage. [9].
The data also suggests that honey may also have a protective effect for diabetes, respiratory, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, and nervous systems issues [10].

On that note, a quick reminder. 1 tablespoon of honey has 17 grams of sugars. Something to consider if this is a concern to you.

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Best Detoxing Foods For The Liver : Evidence Based Cleansing

Liver cleansing foods

The liver cleanse diet plays a key role in the liver detox plan; you want to choose the best detoxing foods for the liver, and also avoid foods that are bad for liver.

In this post, we focused on the most common detoxing foods for the liver you can easily get in your local store. You don’t have to eat all of them of course. It is best to choose the ones you enjoy the most that agree with your body and taste buds.

Detoxing Foods For The Liver

Apples

apples detoxing foods for the liver

First on the list of the detoxing foods for the liver are apples. Well known for their many health benefits, and more specifically, liver and gallbladder health, apples play a key role in almost any natural liver detox and gallbladder cleanse plan.

The research data suggests that cloudy apple juice (juice with the pulp) can regulate various liver enzymes, and therefore may protect the liver from damage [1].

If you consider making apple juice as a part of your liver cleanse and wonder if cloudy apple juice is better than clear or pure juice, A pulish study may found the answer. According to research, it is four times better. According to the study, cloudy apple juice contains four times more the concentration of polyphenols than the clear juice [2].

For this reason, you may want to keep the pulp when you make the apple juice.

More on apple juice and liver cleansing. In his best-selling book, The Amazing
Liver Cleanse, Andreas Moritz recommended to drink apple juice daily during the liver cleanse. According to Andreas:

Malic acid in apple juice does exceptionally well in dissolving
some of the stagnant bile and making the stones softer…The malic acid in the apple juice softens the gallstones and makes their passage through the bile ducts easy.

Apple Cider Vinegar

apple cider vinegar detoxing foods for the liver

Another great way to enjoy the liver health benefits of apples is to drink raw apple cider vinegar. Raw apple cider vinegar (ACV) is well known for its natural ability to cleanse, detox and flush out toxins. For this reason, you can find ACV in most liver detox drink.

The research data also supports the liver cleansing benefits of apple cider vinegar. One study evaluated the effect of apple cider vinegar on mice that were fed with a high cholesterol diet. The results suggest that apple cider vinegar was able to protect the kidneys and liver from an oxidative injury [3].

Another study also supported these findings, and suggested that apple cider vinegar was able to regulate lipid metabolism and decrease liver damage in rats that were fed with a high fat diet [4].

Does apple cider vinegar work better than apple juice to cleanse and detox the liver? Both have their own benefits, one doesn’t come instead of the other.

Olive Oil

olive oil detoxing foods for the liver

Extra virgin olive oil has a very long history of traditional use as both food and medicine. According to the medical literature, olive oil presents several protective effects on the liver. The data suggest that olive oil can reduce fatty liver disease,  prevent liver cells injury, and reduce lipid peroxidation [5].

To get the most health benefits of olive oil, it is best to consume extra virgin olive oil, on its raw state. Olive oil has a relatively low burning point and is not a good option for cooking or frying.

Lemon

lemon detoxing foods for the liver

There are many reasons to include lemon or lime juice in your liver cleansing juice. The first reason, is that lemon juice can enhance the body’s overall ability to detox and cleanse. Naturally, safely and effectively.

As for the liver cleansing benefits of lemon juice, the research suggests that lemon juice can regulate elevated levels of serum ALT and AST liver enzymes as well as triacylglycerol and lipid peroxidation in the liver [6].

Turmeric

Turmeric detoxing foods for the liver

Turmeric is one of the most known detoxing foods for the liver, that comes with a very long history of traditional use and published studies.

Since 1900 bc, turmeric was known to benefit a variety of diseases, including liver disorders. Curcumin, the main active compound of turmeric, has shown anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, antifungal, antibacterial and anticancer activities. [7].

A study that compared curcumin to placebo, found that curcumin reduced liver fat content by 78.9% (vs 27.5% improvement in the placebo group).  Curcumin was also able to regulate elevated liver enzymes, improve cholesterol profile and triglycerides, along with additional benefits the researchers were able to capture. [8].

A common issue with turmeric is its poor bioavailability in the body. A known traditional remedy to address this, is to consume turmeric with black pepper. According to research, piperine, the major active component of black pepper can increase the bioavailability of curcumin by 2000% [9].

Beetroot

beet detoxing foods for the liver

Beetroot is a rich source of a class of antioxidants known as betalains. According to research, beetroot may have a protective effect against oxidative damage to the liver [10].

The health benefits of beetroot don’t stop here. Other studies suggest that beetroot can help to reduce blood pressure, inflammation, and promote healthy circulation and blood flow [11].

Cruciferous Vegetables

Cruciferous Vegetables detoxing foods for the liver

The health benefits of cruciferous vegetables are well known and supported by many studies. Cruciferous vegetables contain unique nutrients and  phytochemicals that are suggested by the medical community to induce detoxification, stimulate the immune system and prevent oxidative stress. [12].

Common cruciferous vegetables include: cauliflower, cabbage, kale, garden cress, bok choy, broccoli, brussels sprouts.

What Are The Best Cruciferous Vegetables To Cleanse The Liver?

The evidence we are aware of doesn’t highlight a specific cruciferous vegetable that is superior to others. For this, we recommended to rotate your vegetables according to their availability (local, in season), and always eat the ones you enjoy the most.

If you like broccoli…one study suggested that eating whole broccoli can help to lessen the development of nonalcoholic fatty liver and liver cancer. [13].

Greens

spinach detoxing foods for the liver

Not surprisingly, the research data also supports the liver health promoting benefits of leafy greens. Most findings show that leafy greens can benefit liver health and modulate fatty acid composition in the liver [14].

Spinach, which is a known detoxing food for the liver, showed in research potent antioxidant that was able to improve liver function, and even decrease liver damage done by oxidative stress [15].

Asparagus

Asparagus detoxing foods for the liver

Another superstar on the list of the detoxing foods for the liver is Asparagus. According to the evidence, Asparagus may help to protect the liver cells against toxic insults, liver injury, and alleviate alcohol hangovers [16, 17].

Nuts & Walnuts

Walnut detoxing foods for the liver

The health benefits of nuts go above and beyond liver health. A very large number of studies suggest that human populations who consume nuts as a part of their diet were more healthy. Specifically to liver health, nuts were able to improve lipid profile, inflammation and the development of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. [18].

Which Nuts Are The Best detoxing foods for the liver?

Compared with other nuts, walnuts have higher omega-3 and omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids content (47%) and the highest level of antioxidant polyphenols. Some evidence suggests that walnut consumption may help to protect from the development of Type 2 diabetes better than other nuts. [19].

From the perspective of detoxing foods for the liver, however, we strongly recommended not to limit your nut consumption to just walnuts. Different nuts contain different nutrients and as such may offer different health benefits.

Some nuts are exceptionally good sources of unique nutrients that may not be as easy to get from other food sources. A good example is Brazil nuts and selenium.

Brazil nuts

Brazil Nuts detoxing foods for the liver

just one brazil nut (5 gram) provides 165% of the daily values of selenium. Many people who keep buying selenium supplements may want to consider Brazil nuts as another option.

Selenium is an essential mineral that plays a key role in many critical functions in the body. The research suggests that selenium is needed for reproduction and DNA production, supports healthy thyroid function, and may also protect the body from damage caused by free radicals or from infection [20].

Some evidence suggests that selenium can help to protect against dietary liver necrosis [21].

Avocado

Avocado detoxing foods for the liver

The research data on the health benefits of avocado seems endless at times. The evidence suggests that avocados benefit the heart, protect against UV damage in skin and eyes, and show anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-microbial, and anti-carcinogenic properties.

Not surprisingly, the addition of avocado and olive oil to the diet is often linked to weight loss and improved liver tests [22]. Animal studies further supported the liver benefits of avocado. Avocado showed “extraordinarily potent liver injury suppressing activity” when the researchers compared it to 22 different fruits. [23].

Blueberries

Blueberries detoxing foods for the liver

Healthy fruits wise, no list will ever be completed without the berries.

Specially to blueberries and liver, one study found that blueberry juice can augment antioxidative capability of the liver and alleviated liver fibrosis. [24].

These findings were also supported by other studies. The data suggests that blueberries antioxidant properties were able to decrease the development of hepatic cirrhosis. (Chronic liver damage that include scarring and liver failure) [25].

Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil detoxing foods for the liver

Most people are surprised to see coconut oil in the list of detoxing foods for the liver. While other foods definitely have more evidence on their liver health benefits, the research data also support coconut oil. Something to consider if you enjoy consuming coconut oil as a part of your diet.

Animal studies showed that virgin coconut oil was able to reverse  nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, restore redox homeostasis and lipid metabolism in male Wistar rats. [26].

Another study found that virgin coconut oil significantly modulated elevated liver enzymes and regulated other biomarkers related to kidney function. [27].

Tip: coconut oil is very a very stable oil even in high heat. For this reason, it is one of the best oils to use for cooking. Much better than olive oil.

Is Garlic Good For The Liver

Garlic detoxing foods for the liver

In the natural cleansing world, garlic seems sometimes like a cure all remedy. For this reason, we always pay extra attention to new claims, and look in the medical literature for some evidence.

So if garlic a good liver cleansing food?

The research data suggests that garlic can protect the liver from damage and scarring in alcoholic liver fibrosis. Garlic was able to modulate lipid peroxidation and oxidative stress [28].

On the other hand, other evidence suggests that high dosage of garlic has the potential ability to cause liver damage. The safe dose the researchers suggested is (0.1 or 0.25 g / kg body weight/day) are safe doses of garlic [29].

Let’s take the 0.1 to be on the safe side. For a 200 pounds male or female, the safe daily dosage of garlic is 9 grams, 3 cloves of garlic.

Our recommendation: if you like garlic, keep enjoying it. Just watch the serving size and take breaks. If however, you are not a big fan of garlic, we do not see a compelling reason to start eating it just for the purpose of liver cleansing.

Is Ginger Good For Detoxing The Liver?

ginger detoxing foods for the liver

There are many reasons you may want to include ginger in your list of detoxing foods for the liver. The research data suggests that ginger can improve liver enzymes profile and other nonalcoholic fatty liver disease characteristics [30].

Another study further supported these findings. 44 nonalcoholic fatty liver patients that took 2 grams of ginger for 12 weeks, showed improvements in certain liver enzymes, inflammation, insulin resistance and other nonalcoholic fatty liver disease characteristics [31].

Another reason you may want to include ginger as a part of your liver cleanse, is due to its natural ability to promote healthy digestion.

Ginger has a long history of use as a natural remedy for digestive issues such as constipation, bloating, indigestion, nausea and vomiting. When you cleanse your liver, you want to make sure your digestion system works well so it can effectively eliminate any toxins released from the liver during the cleanse.

Carrots

carrots Best Detoxing Foods For The Liver

The first reason you may want to eat carrots on a daily basis, has to do with its high vitamin A content. Just one medium carrot provides your body with 340% daily values of this important vitamin.

Unlike many supplements and multivitamins that often contain synthetic version of vitamin A, that can be toxic, when you eat carrots, you get the natural form of the vitamin, beta-Carotene.

According to research, carrots are are rich in Retinoic acid that may have a  protective effect on the liver [32]. The data suggests that carrot juice can improve liver functions that may be benefit in cases of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease [33].

Liver Detox Drink : Evidence Based Recipe For Liver & Gallbladder

Liver Cleanse Drink

The liver detox drink recipe below uses apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, and liver herbs to cleanse, detox and help the body to flush out toxins from the liver and gallbladder.

Use it as a part of your liver flush or cleanse, or by itself as a natural way to support liver and gallbladder health.

Liver Detox Drink Ingredients – Summary Of Evidence

Liver Detox Drink Recipe

The liver detox drink recipe is based on ayurveda medicine principles as well as modern science. All the ingredients have a long history of traditional use, supported by the medical community.

Liver Detox Drink Cleanse Recipe
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Liver Detox Drink Recipe

Prep Time1 min
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American, Chinese, Indian
Keyword: Liver Detox Drink Recipe
Servings: 1
Author: Cleanse Joy

Ingredients

  • 1 liter distilled or spring water (33 ounces)
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar (15 ml)
  • liver cleanse herbs (see below)

Instructions

  • Squeeze the juice of 1/2 organic lemon.
  • Add to 1 liter of distilled or spring water.
  • Shake the bottle of the apple cider vinegar until the cloudy part ("the mother") is well mixed.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of organic raw unpasteurized apple cider vinegar. 
  • Shake and drink.
  • Drink first thing in the morning and up to four times a day. Always drink on an empty stomach, one hour before or after other meals or drinks.

Herbs for liver support:
To further support the liver during the liver cleanse, we recommend to mix 4 full droppers of Dr. Group’s LivaTrex liquid liver herbs formula. The formula combines science proven herbs such as Milk thistle (Silybum marianum) and Chanca piedra (Phyllanthus niruri) that can help to repair and regenerate the liver, as well as to dissolve and soften liver and gallbladder stones (gallstones).

Apple Cider Vinegar

Raw apple cider vinegar (ACV) is well known for its natural ability to cleanse, detox and enhance the body’s ability to naturally flush out toxins. For this reason, you can find ACV in most liver detox drink, (and in fact in any cleanse drink recipes).

The research data also supports the liver cleansing benefits of apple cider vinegar. One study evaluated the effect of apple cider vinegar on mice that were fed with a high cholesterol diet. The results suggest that apple cider vinegar was able to protect the kidneys and liver from an oxidative injury [1].

Another study also supported these findings, and suggested that apple cider vinegar was able to regulate lipid metabolism and decrease liver damage in rats that were fed with a high fat diet [2].

Lemon Juice

Drinking lemon juice in warm water is a known ayurvedic practice that has a long traditional use. Natural, safe and effective, this simple home remedy can help the body to cleanse, detox and stimulate digestion.

The liver cleansing benefits of lemon juice are also supported by modern science. The research suggests that lemon juice can regulate elevated levels of serum ALT and AST liver enzymes as well as triacylglycerol and lipid peroxidation in the liver [3].

Liver Herbs

There are a number of herbs that can further improve the liver cleanse results due to some unique properties. Milk thistle (Silybum marianum) for example, may help to repair and regenerate the liver. Chanca piedra (Phyllanthus niruri), also known as stonebreaker, can dissolve and soften liver and gallbladder stones (gallstones).

For best results, always get your liver herbs from a trusted source. You want to make sure you use high quality fresh herbs (ideally organic or wildcrafted). For the ease of use and to improve the absorption in the body, it is best to use these herbs in an alcohol free liquid formula.

In our liver cleanse protocol we use Dr. Group’s LivaTrex liquid liver herbs formula. Simply add 4 full droppers with the liver detox drink recipe.

Liver Cleanse Juice

Liver Cleansing Juice

This Liver cleanse juice (see recipe) is another effective way to cleanse and your liver and support the detox process. The main difference between the juice to the liver detox drink, is that the juice provides your body much more nutrients. For this reason, we like to combine both the juice and liver detox drink as a part of the liver and gallbladder cleanse protocol.

Liver Cleansing Juice : Evidence Based Recipe For Liver & Gallbladder

Liver cleanse Juice

The liver cleansing juice recipe below is one of the best detox juices for liver and gallbladder health, using the top liver cleansing foods and herbs proven to be both safe and effective.

Use it as a part of your liver cleanse, liver flush, and liver detox plan, or in the morning for an effective, safe, tasty way to support your liver, gallbladder and overall health.

Liver Cleansing Juice Ingredients – Summary Of Evidence.

The recipe is based on ayurveda and chinese medicine principles as well as modern science. All the ingredients have a long history of traditional use, supported by the medical community.
(See the evidence section for more details).

Liver Cleansing Juice Recipe

Since we first published the liver cleansing juice recipe, we have made a few changes based on the suggestions we got from our members.

The latest version of the recipe is below, and it hasn’t changed for the last two years. If you would like to drink this recipe on an ongoing basis, what we normally recommend is to rotate your veggies and fruits. So your body gets a high variety of nutrients. Ideally, from local, organic, fresh produce that is in season.

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Liver cleanse Juice
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Liver Cleansing Juice

Prep Time10 mins
Course: Juice
Cuisine: American, Chinese, Indian
Keyword: Liver cleansing juice
Servings: 1
Calories: 290kcal
Author: Cleanse Joy

Ingredients

  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1/2 bunch spinach
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 1 small beet
  • 1 inch ginger root
  • 1 small lemon
  • 1 medium apple
  • 2 ml Livatrex drops Liver cleansing herbs
  • 2 medium cucumbers optional
  • stevia to taste optional
  • cinnamon optional

Instructions

  • Peel the ginger, beetroot and lemon.
  • Run the celery, spinach, carrots, beetroot, cucumbers, lemon, ginger, and apple through a juicer.
  • Mix and taste. You can add a few drops of stevia to add sweetness (optional), or add another apple to the recipe.
  • If you like cinnamon flavor, you may add a dash of cinnamon. This works very well in this juice recipe.
  • Add 2 ml Livatrex
  • Drink immediately. 

Notes

Top options that are as effective:
  • Rotate your greens: replace spinach with kale. 
  • Add the juice of 1/2 grapefruit.

Nutrition

Calories: 290kcal

The Nutrients In The Liver Cleansing Juice

Many liver cleansing drinks and juices are very effective in helping the liver to detox and cleanse. The other side of the story, however, is the nutrients. You want to also get the nutrients your body needs, and enough energy to support your daily activities.

Even better, you want a juice that can also make you feel happy, energized, all fueled and ready to get the most out of your day!

This is exactly the purpose of this recipe. As you can see below, when you drink the liver cleansing juice, you provide your body a lot of nutrients. In fact, many of our members are so impressed with how this juice makes them feel, they drink it on an ongoing basis.

Liver Cleansing herbs

To further support the liver, we recommend to mix 2 ml of Dr. Group’s Livatrex drops. The formula combines science proven liver cleansing herbs such as:

  • Milk thistle (Silybum marianum):
    Known to naturally support the repair and regeneration of the liver.
  • Chanca piedra (Phyllanthus niruri):
    Natural ability to dissolve and soften liver and gallbladder stones.
  • Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale):
    Protect the liver from toxicity, and enhance the liver’s ability to naturally regenerate.

To see the complete formula, see the livatrex page.

Liver cleansing juice Nutrition Facts

Liver cleansing juice Ingredients Analysis

Beet

beet Liver cleansing juice

Beetroot is a rich source of a class of antioxidants known as betalains. According to research, beetroot may have a protective effect against oxidative damage to the liver [1].

The health benefits of beetroot don’t stop here. Other studies suggest that beetroot can help to reduce blood pressure, inflammation, and promote healthy circulation and blood flow [2].

Endurance Athletes:  There is a growing number of evidence that beetroot juice may also improve performance. One study that had 9 competitive male cyclists consume beetroot juice, found that the juice enhance their performance [3].

Carrots

carrots Liver cleansing juice

Perhaps one of the most known non-fruit juice that actually taste great on its own, carrot juice offers a strong nutritional profile shown by research to benefit the liver.

According to research, carrots are rich in Retinoic acid that may have a  protective effect on the liver [4]. The data suggests that carrot juice can improve liver functions that may be benefit in cases of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease [5].

Celery

celery Liver cleansing juice

Celery is well known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. For this reason and due to its high availability, you can find celery in many body cleanse and detox recipes.

Specifically to the liver, the research data suggests that celery can regulate elevated liver enzymes (aspartate aminotransferase AST, alanine aminotransferase ALT, and alkaline phosphatase ALP) as well as blood lipids [6].

Ginger Root

ginger Liver cleansing juice

Ginger has a long history of use as a natural remedy for digestive issues such as constipation, bloating, indigestion, nausea and vomiting. When you cleanse your liver, you want to make sure your digestion system works well so it can effectively eliminate any toxins released from the liver during the cleanse.

Specifically to liver, the research data suggests that ginger can improve liver enzymes profile and other nonalcoholic fatty liver disease characteristics [7]. 

Lemon

lemon Liver cleansing juice

There are many reasons to include lemon or lime juice in your liver cleansing juice. The first reason, is that lemon juice can enhance the body’s overall ability to detox and cleanse. Naturally, safely and effectively.

As for the liver cleansing benefits of lemon juice, the research suggests that lemon juice can regulate elevated levels of serum ALT and AST liver enzymes as well as triacylglycerol and lipid peroxidation in the liver [8].

Spinach, Kale & Greens

spinach Liver cleansing juice

According to research, the antioxidant activity of spinach may offer an effective way to improve liver function, and even decrease liver damage done by oxidative stress [9].

Kale (and in fact the entire Brassica vegetables) contain unique nutrients and  phytochemicals that are suggested by the medical community to induce detoxification, stimulate the immune system and prevent oxidative stress. [10].

Juicing the brassica vegetables, however, may not taste so good in juices. Think about cabbage, collard greens, broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, kohlrabi…on a comical side, think about mustard greens… These options may taste much better when you eat them.

Out of the Brassica, kale offers a much better fit for the liver cleansing juice and blends well in this recipe.

If you are not a big fan of spinach or kale, you can use other leafy greens instead. The research data also supports the liver health promoting benefits of leafy greens in general. According to most findings, leafy greens can benefit liver health and modulate fatty acid composition in the liver [11].

Apples & Cloudy Apple Juice

apple juice Liver cleansing juice

Apples are well known for their many health benefits. Overall health, and more specifically, liver and gallbladder health.

The research data suggests that cloudy apple juice (juice with the pulp) can regulate various liver enzymes, and therefore may protect the liver from damage [12].

Is cloudy apple juice better than clear or pure juice?According to research, it is four times better. A pulish study that tested this exact question, found that cloudy apple juice contains four times more the concentration of polyphenols than the clear juice [13].

For this reason, you may want to keep the pulp when you make the apple juice.

More on apple juice and liver cleansing. In his best-selling book, The Amazing
Liver Cleanse, Andreas Moritz recommended to drink apple juice daily during the liver cleanse. According to Andreas:

Malic acid in apple juice does exceptionally well in dissolving
some of the stagnant bile and making the stones softer…The malic acid in the apple juice softens the gallstones and makes their passage through the bile ducts easy.