4. Reduce Over-the-Counter Pain Medications
Pain meds like aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen are sold virtually everywhere and undeniably reduce mild pain quickly for most people. These common remedies, however, are terrible for your liver.
Acetaminophen (Tylenol, Excedrin, NyQuil, TheraFlu) – known to cause liver damage and failure in as little time as 2 weeks of regular use. Taking these with alcohol drastically increases the risk of liver damage. (6)
Ibuprofen – works by blocking the production of liver enzymes that regulate inflammation, directly impeding liver function. This can cause damage, disease, and failure if used over time.
Naproxen – causes acute liver failure. (7)
Aspirin – included in the group of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) along with the ones mentioned above, aspirin disrupts liver function by interfering with the synthesis of hormones and regulatory biochemicals. Aspirin can also cause bleeding throughout the digestive system.
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5. Beet It
Beets are rich in antioxidants and are especially protective of the liver. In one study of the efficacy of beets on liver function, antioxidant levels increased significantly in liver tissue following a period of ischemia (deprivation of oxygen), stimulating enzymatic function to return the liver to normal function. (8)
Betalain is a red-violet pigment found in beetroot that has significant antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Lipid peroxidation is the damage that free radicals wreak on cells by stealing electrons. Livers of rats fed beetroot extract were found to avoid most of the imposed oxidative stress as compared to rats in a control group. On top of that, antioxidant levels remained stable after the experiment.
“…beetroot supplementation might be a promising adjunct strategy to help manage diseased states propagated by oxidative stress, such as liver injury and cancer,” concluded the study. (9)
Betalain is metabolized from the nutrient choline. Studies confirm that choline deficiency is the primary cause of fatty liver disease. (10)
You can find some interesting, check out yummy recipes using beets here.