ALCOHOL consumed in large amounts is the main cause in the Western world of liver disease, which includes fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis, and chronic hepatitis with liver fibrosis or cirrhosis. However, a popular spice may provide a beneficial effect if you’ve overdone the drinking.
Alcoholic liver disease is responsible for the majority of alcohol-related deaths.
That’s because the liver is responsible for breaking down, or metabolising, alcohol.
The organ is also essential for filtering our blood, producing bile essential for the digestive process and regulating our blood sugar level.
However, even excess over a short period of time can cause damage.
However, consuming particular foods or supplements can help alleviate the damage.
The spice of the moment, turmeric - said to have a number of health benefits - could offset some of the damage of drinking.
Kim Pearson, a nutritionist, said: “The bright orange spice which has been long used in Indian cuisine and Ayurvedic medicine, and is reported to have the ability to protect the liver from damage.
“Animal studies have shown that mice fed curcumin, one of the active ingredients in turmeric, suffered less liver damage over time compared with those on a normal diet.
“Curcumin has even been found to have a beneficial effect in the treatment of liver disorders.”
In the 2013 study published in the journal Comprehensive Reviews these included hepatitis B, hepatitis C, alcoholic liver disease, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, drug-induced hepatotoxicity, liver cancer, biliary cirrhosis, and primary sclerosing cholangitis.
However, Pearson warned that using turmeric in cooking may not provide the protective effect.
“The beneficial compounds in turmeric are notoriously poorly absorbed by the body, so opt for a supplement such as BetterYou’s Turmeric Oral Spray which has been specifically developed to guarantee optimal absorption - via the inner cheek - and deliver maximum benefits faster than tablets and capsules.”
Pearson also suggests increasing your fibre intake to help your liver.
“Fibre binds to waste products and helps to remove them from the body but many of us don’t eat enough,” she explained.
“If we have a diet lacking in fibre then it can prevent healthy elimination of waste from the digestive system, closely linked with the liver.
“Fibre is naturally present in many plant foods so base meals around plenty of vegetables - particularly good sources include broccoli, brussels sprouts, avocados and kale. Vegetables also provide liver protecting antioxidants.”
Drinking green tea can help liver function, while plenty of water supports the body’s natural processes of waste elimination.
Additionally, keeping within the government’s recommended alcohol intake of 14 units each week can also help reduce workload on the liver.
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