Too much fat, alcohol or sugar… A poor diet clogs up the body to the point, sometimes, of clogging and exhausting the liver, the main organ responsible for cleaning it. However, moringa contains a cocktail of nutrients, particularly in its leaves, which protect the liver against oxidation and ensure its effectiveness.
Along with the kidneys and the intestine, the liver is responsible for depolluting the body. Concretely, it is attached to the digestive system and orchestrates the detoxification of the organs, sorts out nutrients and harmful substances ingested. The liver is therefore responsible for waste disposal, blood detoxification, bile production, fat metabolism and nutrient processing. The liver also collaborates with the immune system in the event of viral or bacterial attacks. Essential functions that it can only fulfill with the help of specific enzymes. For example, low levels of liver enzymes can affect the liver’s ability to filter blood.
Foods good for the liver
Eating well is of paramount importance when you want to preserve your liver. Bad eating habits (the abuse of sugar, alcohol and fats) clutter and tire this organ. Conversely, foods rich in antioxidants, minerals (magnesium, calcium, iron, phosphorus) and vitamins (A, B and C) make it possible to purify it and limit the appearance or effects of liver diseases (hepatitis, cirrhosis, fibrosis, steatosis). These are “detox” foods.
Nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, etc.) contain phosphorus, essential in the digestion and metabolization of lipids. For calcium intake, you can bet on dairy products (in moderation because they are also fatty products) or, even better, on certain fruits and vegetables.
To cover iron needs, red meat in reasonable quantities (no more than 500g per week), including offal, but also poultry, fish, eggs and legumes are significant sources.
Red fruits, citrus fruits and green vegetables (Brussels sprouts, broccoli, etc.) reduce inflammation and oxidation of liver cells thanks to their high vitamin C content, which promotes the synthesis of glutathione. This powerful antioxidant strengthens the immune system, detoxifies the liver and fights free radicals.
Hepatoprotective power of moringa
Thanks to its action against free radicals, responsible for oxidative stress, cell damage and inflammation (which can degenerate into chronic disease), moringa can reduce the damage caused to the liver by these destructive agents and in fact reverse the process of oxidation.
Among the 46 antioxidants listed in the plant, especially in its leaves, we can mention caffeoylquinic acid, quercetin and chlorogenic acid. The first stimulates the secretion of bile and the elimination of toxins. The second has remarkable anti-inflammatory effects. The third reduces fat accumulation in the liver and insulin resistance.
The mineral richness of moringa is also an asset for the liver because manganese stimulates the evacuation of excess fat like sugar, zinc accelerates the elimination of alcohol, while selenium and sulfur reinforce the action of antioxidants.
Other liver-friendly moringa benefits include B vitamins that help break down toxins, sugar, and alcohol; or vitamin E which prevents the oxidation of fats.
Moringa oil, on the other hand, helps restore liver enzymes to normal levels, reducing oxidative stress and increasing protein content in the liver.