14 Foods That Cleanse the Liver

by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM Published on , Last Updated on October 5, 2015

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.

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  • Frank Tonner

    i am 64. and actually a woman i use my brothers computer. i was so glad to read all those things you told me about. and i a like you i care about people and help them i other ways because of what i have experienced and i always wonder if i have said to much or gone over the top. its just that we care and want to help everyone. the good thing is that all your advice is written down and i can go over it all again when i need it. and i also pass on tips to my boyfriend that you have given me. i had a juicer but felt that it wasnt good taking to much fruit every day and all the carrots i was taking plus to tell you the truth it was to hard to clean out. it was very expensive my boy friend picked it and it has little rubber bit on it that you have to take of and bleach to get the black bits out. i don’t know where they come form . but what i will get is a blender. its more than that but i forget the name of it. you put all your veg in like kale spinach and other leafy greens an some water and it tears it all and makes it into a drink. a lot of people use it for soft fruit and put butter milk or yogurt in but i don’t eat dairy products except for some eggs now and then.
    i will check out that five elements that your talking about as the east had all the answers years ago. i have organic hemp protein and when i have porridge i have already blended and stored in the fridge almonds sunflower seeds and flax seeds. all organic.and i put that in my porride. i don’t know why i am not fit lois. i think its the anti psychotics. i went to a site called mad in america its all about psychiatric drugs. i was at my very lowest and should never had been put on them and the thing is once you are on them for a few months if you stop taking them you are suicidal and can’t stop crying and full of terrible fear. i was full of fear on them as i had terrible nightmare and was scared to go to bed. thankful I’m nearly of them iv only got two more times to cut down and that will take 2 moths and i will be completely off them. they affect every organ in the body.the amount I’m taking now i can’t even really feel but its still safer to cut down. you know the people who own the pharmaceutical industry own the cigarets as well and they were putting more nicotine in they ciggs than they were saying on the packet. and that is what i think they are doing with the drugs. its all those zionist jews who own everything and they are still trying to do away with us and rule the world. i know it sounds mad but i know its true. its all over twitter and utube. they are ruled by lucifer. well thats another subject I’m sorry for going on about that but its in the bible in revelations. i understand revelations now i never used to. when u used to read the bible i thought i was reading about something long long ago but its relevant right up to today. sorry for going off on a tangent but i don’t know if you are aware of the illuminati.!? the healthiest people never go to doctors. they get paid plenty money from the pharma for giving out certain drugs. they actually caused disease so that they can sell the medicine to treat the symptoms. did you know that anyway lois. to get back to your good advice i will do what you say. if i had know years ago i would not have done it as i was to stupid i always thought those things won’t happen to me so illness has in fact been a good teacher to me. i do appreciate all the time and good advice and your wisdom that you share with me and i do listen and take your advice. so don’t give up on me based on this email. please lois. i need help with my health. i think that thing i was talking about is called a nutri bullet. thanks again lois.

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  • Frank Tonner

    well lois that is certainly a lot to think about and read its strange but I’m sure you are the same blood type as me its says either b or 0 as i am antilea2 neg or pos i can’t remember i’v got a special card to carry around and i don’t know where it is. lol. it great that you have a big family i would have loved that. i’v just got a daughter a brother and sister who i never hear from. i hear from my daughter but we don’t get on very well as there is only 18 years between us and we were the best of friends which i don’t think is a good idea. i think a parent should be a parent. she was brought up in care and so was i’ my husband died after 4 years of marriage and i went right of the rails. and my god i’v paid for it dearly and still am.(feeling sorry for myself) i try my best with my daughter but she is so like me we can only take each other in small doses. i get so lonely and i sit on the chair on the computer and i used to be so active. i did belly dancing and taught it and did yoga and pilates and went to the gym. i don’t know whats wrong with me. I’m not really that much over wight. I’m 5.2 inch and 10stone. i look slim enough i have no swollen ankles a bit of fat on swollen tummy but not bad at all.i’v lost a lot of weight since iv cut down drastically over the two year on the anti psychotics. I’m down to one mil i only have two more cuts to make and that will take me two months as i like to take it slow. the doctors said i could do it in a month but i like to let my body adjust slowly. i know what you mean about the jiucer and cleaning it. and its no good if your not getting any fibre. i go to the toilet very quickly in the morning even if i’v not eaten and i frequently go twice a day. I’m drinking organic vinegar with the mother in it. bratts its called i think. with apple juice. must be two weeks now. i really should write it all down. I’m expecting a visitor so will end this now and get back to you soon and also have a look at the books your recommending. thanks again. sorry I’m in a hurry.. love to you.🙏

  • alex

    my doc said not to cause who knows whats in those bottles I agree eat natural a lot of garlic

  • abdul basit khan

    My father has Hepatic hydatid disease
    daughter cysts are present in righ side. I am very confused how to remove the daugher of cysts on liver. please suggest for food for this disease. may we operate surgical operation.

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  • tig4533

    What a bunch of pseudo-science nonsense.

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  • trish

    Thanks, humor and health goes together.

  • Mary Ann

    What do you do if you have something in your body that is harmful and you want to get it through your system. How do you get rid of it?

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