Chlorophyll is the compound that gives vegetables their green color, and it has many beneficial effects. Chlorophyll may actually be able to bind cancer-causing chemicals (such as heterocyclic amines found in meat cooked at high temperature), thereby allowing these chemicals to be excreted by the body instead of being absorbed. It’s best to include a green vegetable in at least two meals a day. Especially good food sources of chlorophyll are spinach, parsley, green beans and arugula, but all greens will have some chlorophyll. Juicing is a highly effective way to get your chlorophyll. Or, have greens raw in a salad or sauté in olive or coconut oil as a side, add to omelets stir-fry, or soups.
The colorful pigments in beets may help support liver detoxification and also serve as potent antioxidants in addition to being nutrient-rich. Serve beets roasted with carrots, onions, with some olive oil. Alternatively, chop boiled beets or shred raw beets and add to a salad or add to homemade juice.
This delicious spice contains a phytochemical called curcumin, which may decrease inflammation and promote liver detoxification. Use turmeric in curries, stir-fries, or add to smoothies.
In addition to garlic’s detoxifying properties, some studies suggest that populations with higher garlic intake have decreased risk for stomach and colorectal cancers. Garlic also may help protect against cardiovascular disease and kills unfriendly bugs in your colon. For maximum benefit, have some garlic daily.
These veggies are a liver lovin’ foods! These powerhouse vegetables not only help promote liver detoxification, but also contain indole-3-carbinol, a compound that helps balance estrogen levels. Cruciferous vegetables include broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, cabbage family, dandelion, artichokes and Brussels sprouts. For an added bonus, most cruciferous vegetables (the green ones) also contain chlorophyll!
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