14 Foods That Cleanse the Liver

Modern society is a sad state that produces many over-processed livers. When we overeat or eat processed or fried foods, and, anytime we are exposed to environmental pollutants or stress, the liver becomes overworked and overloaded. When the liver is taxed, it can’t process toxins and fat in an efficient way. There are many foods that can help cleanse the liver naturally by stimulating its natural ability to clean toxic waste from the body.

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In the past, I have discussed my favorite cleansing foods. This list is a little more specific and focuses mainly on foods that can help cleanse your liver. In addition to taking a liver-cleansing supplement, and performing at least two liver and gallbladder cleanses per year, eating the following foods is the best way to keep your liver healthy and functioning the way you need it to. I would encourage you to incorporate these liver cleanse foods into your weekly diet.

1. Garlic


Just a small amount of this pungent white bulb has the ability to activate liver enzymes that help your body flush out toxins. Garlic also holds high amounts of allicin and selenium, two natural compounds that aid in liver cleansing.

2. Grapefruit

High in both vitamin C and antioxidants, grapefruit increases the natural cleansing processes of the liver. A small glass of freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice will help boost production of the liver detoxification enzymes that help flush out carcinogens and other toxins.

3. Beets and Carrots


Both are extremely high in plant-flavonoids and beta-carotene; eating beets and carrots can help stimulate and improve overall liver function.

4. Green Tea

This liver-loving beverage is full of plant antioxidants known as catechins, a compound known to assist liver function. Green tea is not only delicious, it’s also a great way to improve your overall diet. Learn more about the benefits of green tea.

5. Leafy Green Vegetables

Leafy Greens

One of our most powerful allies in cleansing the liver, leafy greens can be eaten raw, cooked, or juiced. Extremely high in plant chlorophylls, greens suck up environmental toxins from the blood stream. With their distinct ability to neutralize heavy metals, chemicals and pesticides, these cleansing foods offer a powerful protective mechanism for the liver.

Try incorporating leafy greens such as bitter gourd, arugula, dandelion greens, spinach, mustard greens, and chicory into your diet. This will help increase the creation and flow of bile, the substance that removes waste from the organs and blood.

6. Avocados

This nutrient-dense super-food helps the body produce glutathione, a compound that is necessary for the liver to cleanse harmful toxins.

7. Apples


High in pectin, apples hold the chemical constituents necessary for the body to cleanse and release toxins from the digestive tract. This, in turn, makes it easier for the liver to handle the toxic load during the cleansing process.

8. Olive Oil

Cold-pressed organic oils such as olive, hemp and flax-seed are great for the liver, when used in moderation. They help the body by providing a lipid base that can suck up harmful toxins in the body. In this way, it takes some of the burden off the liver in terms of the toxic overload many of us suffer from.

9. Alternative Grains

It’s not only that you need alternative grains like quinoa, millet, and buckwheat in your diet, it’s that if you’ve got wheat, flour, or other whole grains in your diet, it’s time to make changes. Your liver is your body’s filter for toxins, and grains that contain gluten are full of them. A study last year found that persons who experienced gluten sensitivities also had abnormal liver enzyme test results, and that’s just one of many.

10. Cruciferous Vegetables

Eating broccoli and cauliflower will increase the amount of glucosinolate in your system, adding to enzyme production in the liver. These natural enzymes help flush out carcinogens, and other toxins, out of our body which may significantly lower risks associated with cancer.

11. Lemons & Limes

Lemons and Limes

These citrus fruits contain very high amounts of vitamin C, which aids the body in synthesizing toxic materials into substances that can be absorbed by water. Drinking freshly-squeezed lemon or lime juice in the morning helps stimulate the liver.

12. Walnuts

Holding high amounts of the amino acid arginine, walnuts aid the liver in detoxifying ammonia. Walnuts are also high in glutathione and omega-3 fatty acids, which support normal liver cleansing actions. Make sure you chew the nuts well (until they are liquefied) before swallowing.

13. Cabbage

Much like broccoli and cauliflower, eating cabbage helps stimulate the activation of two crucial liver detoxifying enzymes that help flush out toxins. Try eating more kimchi, coleslaw, cabbage soup and sauerkraut.

14. Turmeric

The liver’s favorite spice. Try adding some of this detoxifying goodness into your next lentil stew or veggie dish for an instant liver pick-me-up. Turmeric helps boost liver detox, by assisting enzymes that actively flush out dietary carcinogens.

Tips For Doing a Liver Cleanse

Other liver cleanse foods not listed above include artichoke, asparagus, kale, and brussel sprouts. Eating the foods listed above is a great way to help keep your liver functioning properly. However, for best results, I recommend performing a liver cleanse. Performing a liver cleanse at least twice a year will eliminate any foreign substances that may be trapped in your liver.

- Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM

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  • Sami Khan

    Ooh, you forgot a special fruit, very special for liver, that is ?????? Pomegranate. Try to eat one pomegranate per day in the morning. You will not only feel a change in your liver function but will also see a reasonable increase in your hemoglobin level. Must try it.

  • ghc_health

    Correctamundo! Pomegranates are awesome!

  • Jk Walker

    MSNBC is not? Or is it ok because they spew YOUR beliefs?

  • Jk Walker

    I love grapefruit, but take a low dose statin drug, and grapefruit promotes the buildup of that in the system, so you have to be careful.

  • Jk Walker

    Why did you just inject FOX and politics into a non-political subject? Last I saw FOX regularly has doctors on the network, as do most networks, yet you are attacking a doctor-basher as a FOX news watcher? Leave political attacks, especially muddle headed ones, out of it.

  • Jk Walker

    Kind of a rather harsh and one sided attack on a profession largely populated with hard working, honest people. My doctor regularly discusses dietary & lifestyle changes as the first action to take with any medical issues I have. I just got back from his office, and in response to some elevated readings, he wants me to try a range of foods that aid the liver, lower my alcohol, and drop some weight. Prior to that he suggested long term dietary changes to lower my cholesterol, and prior to that adjust the sodium intake (DASH diet) and other changes to lower my blood pressure. they worked. Hardly sounds like a pill pusher working for Coca Cola / KFC. Some things however, are rather curable only with modern medicines or techniques. Why not, with an open mind and yes a recognition that food as god intended is best, take advantage of the best of both worlds? Why view medicine and diet as mutually antagonistic? If your doctor is a closed minded, out of date, pill pusher then change doctors.

  • Tamara

    Awesome Thank you!

  • Jack Gresham

    is the diet that is good to follow as i wait for my transplant

  • Shell

    Thank you for mentioning copper!!! You couldn’t be more right on. The doctors kept telling me nothing was wrong…

  • ghc_health

    Check out this article for more information about the dangers of copper.

  • pookie

    I have beeb on Prednisone for 5 years. Would anything help my liver

  • ghc_health

    Hard to say in a quick conversation but you can always give your liver good nutrition.

  • Marc

    Don’t kid yourself.
    Caffeine is a drug.
    Don’t do drugs!

  • Sheila

    I recently found the many health benefits of Organic Coconut Oil.
    I take 1 teaspoon 3 X per day by mouth. It is a good fat, but also has so many health benefits, including kidney and liver detox.
    It also helps kill bad bacteria, protects our good bacteria, is excellent for protecting our nervous system, and brain, including ADD, ADHD, Demitia, Alzhiemers. It also is know to kill cancer cells!
    I also use it on my skin… I keep a small container in the bathroom and use it in place of expensive, toxic, face and body lotions. It seems like it would leave your skin oily, but it goes on smooth, and get right into the the layers of your skin to not only supply it with nutrients, but also helps replace the good oils we remove during a shower or bath.
    I would look it up for your self…

  • Maricor

    Hi, my father has a 9cm mass in his right side of liver, Does drinking freshly-squeezed lemon or lime juice in the morning helps? or will it be worsen?

  • ghc_health

    It depends what the mass is, has he been evaluated by someone?

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  • Maricor

    yes, the doctor evaluated him, but some people said that its not good to drink lemon juice early in the morning without breakfast , that’s why I am confuse

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  • Ciudad Glam Cancun

    Thanks for all your info please keep up the truth and get people off these money making drugs that are only to keep you alive long enough to make stock price go up……

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    This is really going to help me in the related stuff..thanks

  • d12know

    Hi Thelma. Incorporate turmeric in your food since it has good blood thinning capabilities.

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  • Mollym

    Ezekiel bread sesame flavor- is the best-made without flour-must toast it- no bad carbs-so no sugar rxn-made with live whole grains- it is delicious- I eat this on an off all year round-for the last 20 years-its kept in the frozen food sections of either health food stores or groceries. secondly you can eat Rye bread if you can get one with mostly rye- also other bread like Spelt are wonderful and they are quite different than wheat
    and now they make bread with rice flour which is a huge improvement for carb sensitive people as well as its healthier.

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  • http://www.symphonyoflove.net/blog BK

    Great list of food and fruits beneficial to liver and they can be readily available making the care of our liver easier. Thank you.

  • Jeff_Bell

    I have one problem with the list in this article: The recommendation about eating whole grains surprises me. I almost never find anything in Dr. Group’s advice that I can’t agree with. This is a rare, but I think important exception. In my opinion, and backed by some very good science and lots of observation of how my clients do, most should not be eating most grains at all in any form. And whole wheat is usually horrible for anyone. Contrary to popular beliefs, this is not about glutens. Rather, most of the grains we are told belong in our diets are actually toxic, even if on a subtle level.

    As far as I have been able to determine, only the following grains seem not to cause long-term health issues. The safe grains for most are:
    brown rice
    millet and buckwheat, (which has nothing to do with wheat other than the name.)
    And, of course, these should be organic.

    So I would love to know why Dr. Group is recommending whole wheat, or any kind of wheat for that matter.

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  • Eddie Rojo

    Hi Doc Edward, do you have a clinic here in the Philippines? I need to have a detox and I trust you’re the right guy to go to.

  • ghc_health

    Sorry Eddie, no clinic in the Philippines.

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  • Tom Rep

    thats what they said.

  • Sunita Rani

    I am 47 years old female. I can not eat the meal at one time, if i eat, it comes back and I do not know whether it is because of liver problem. Doctor has diagonised the GERD. For this problem, Please advise me what should I do?

  • Sunita Rani

    Please inform me about this problem by email at the earliest,

  • Edward Group

    GERD and liver problems are two very different things. You may want to consider performing a liver cleanse, or a series of liver cleanses, and evaluate how it affects your condition, if it affects it.

  • Shahzad Khan

    Hey Steve, yea I meant “Dawn to Dusk”
    Sorry my bad.

  • Shahzad Khan

    LOL , Sorry I meant Dusk :)





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