The liver is one of the most important and hard-working organs in the body. The liver is responsible for detoxifying the body, metabolizing cholesterol and fats, filtering waste, and cleaning bacteria from the blood.
Liver diseases, especially non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), are increasingly common. The main cause of this disease comes from a sedentary lifestyle and an excess fat diet. Fatty liver is also common in people who are overweight or have type 2 diabetes. However, there is currently no specific treatment for fatty liver. Treatment depends on the effectiveness of the patient’s diet and exercise regimen. Therefore, detecting and using foods that are good for the liver to add to the diet is always an effective way to prevent and limit fatty liver.
Oranges have long been famous as a healthy fruit, especially oranges are rich in vitamin C, so they are believed to be an effective support for liver health. However, many scientific studies have shown that the benefits of oranges for the liver go beyond what we once knew.
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Oranges and citrus fruits contain many antioxidants that help the body fight the harmful effects of toxins. Oranges are also a good source of fiber, rich in vitamin C and low in calories. Eating oranges is a healthy and effective alternative to the daily snacking of cookies, chips and other processed foods high in fat and unhealthy preservatives.
In 2016, biologists studied the effects of cryptoxanthin, a plant pigment found in citrus fruits, on patients with NAFLD. Animal experiments have shown that doses of cryoxanthin have anti-inflammatory effects. Human trials have shown that beta-cryptoxanthin is indeed beneficial for people with NAFLD and more severe forms of liver disease.
Not only that, citrus fruits, even when consumed in small amounts, can still help the liver produce detoxifying enzymes that remove harmful pollutants, thereby enhancing the liver’s ability to cleanse.
Besides the benefits for liver health, oranges contain many vitamins, magnesium, copper, zinc and carotenoids that help children grow taller, fight aging and increase the body’s resistance. Orange juice contains limonoids that have the ability to prevent cancer, diuretic and detoxifying.
So, instead of using junk foods high in fat, sugar and artificial substances, add oranges to your daily menu to protect your liver and promote health.