Healthy diet and restoration of liver health



The liver’s functions

The liver is a very unusual organ. Whatever processes occur in the body, the liver participates in all of them. The supply of blood to the liver differs from that of other organs. Besides arterial blood, all blood that goes through the organs of the digestive system enters the liver.

All the nutrients as well as harmful substances pass through it. The liver produces bile, participates in fat digestion, distributes nutrients to other organs, and withdraws toxins out of the body.

The liver produces half of the lymph produced by the body, urea, participates in metabolism, accumulates glycogen, some vitamins, and healthy substances for the future use. If there’s a failure in the liver, the body, like a ship, suffers a wreck. That’s why liver health is so important.

Why the liver’s work is unbalanced

Sometimes the liver is affected by various diseases. They may be infectious or toxic-allergic. The infections may be viral, bacterial, or helminthic. As the liver filters blood, various poisonous substances influence it, damaging the body of the liver. The quality of the liver’s performance suffers from that and poisoning of the body occurs.

Healthy diet

The liverA healthy diet plays an important role in protecting the liver from damaging factors and restoration of liver health. It influences the liver’s regeneration and restoration of its functions.

A healthy diet contributes to the balance of cholesterol metabolism, glycogen accumulation in the liver, and stimulates the formation of gall acids.

A healthy diet preserves energetic value and optimal quantity of necessary proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and fibers.

An individual should consume all the diet products and beverages warm and through the following processing of products: stewing, boiling, baking, steaming.

The number of meals - not less than 5 times a day.

To restore liver health, limit the consumption of animal fats.

Healthy dietOnly butter can be consumed in small amounts.

Healthy diet preserves the amount of necessary carbohydrates, especially fructose. The easiest way for the liver to produce glycogen, necessary for the entire body, is from fructose. That’s why fruit and berry sweet juices, compotes, kissels, and honey, are included into the diet only in the absence of allergic reactions or obesity.

Vitamins play an important role in liver restoration:


Effect on the liver

Content in the permitted foods

Vitamin A (retinol)

accumulates in the liver

Prevents the formation of stones in the gall bladder

Carrots, pumpkin, sweet pepper, broccoli, peaches, apples, apricots, dog rose, milk, cottage cheese, butter

Vitamin E (tocopherol group)

Opposes the death of liver cells

Vegetable oils, butter, milk, eggs, meat, wholegrain bread

Vitamin C

accumulates in the liver

Promotes an increase of bile production

Vegetables, fruit, especially sea-buckthorn, dog rose, black currant

Vitamin B1 (thiamine)

Improves carbohydrate metabolism, pigment metabolism, helps the liver to clean the blood from harmful substances

Wheat bread with bran, yeast, potatoes, carrots, cabbage, beef

Vitamin B2 (riboflavin)

accumulates in the liver

Participates in the processes of liver cell restoration, especially indispensable for patients, suffering from cirrhosis

Almonds, eggs, yeast, cottage cheese, cabbage, broccoli

Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)

Participates in fat metabolism, boosts bile production, restores the liver tissues

Sprouted grain, walnuts, potatoes, carrots, cabbage, tomatoes, citrus fruit, wild strawberries, sweet cherries, eggs, cereals

Vitamin B9 (folic acid)

Increases bile production, improves the general condition of the liver

Tomatoes, carrots, beet, eggs, nuts, wheat bread and rye bread from wholegrain flour

Vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin)

Improves the liver capability towards glucose processing, improves protein metabolism, promotes liver cell regeneration, stimulates bile production, boosts the liver’s cleansing function

Meat, fish, milk, eggs, beer and food yeast

Vitamin B15 (pangamic acid)

Stimulates liver cell regeneration, improves fat metabolism

Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame, beer yeast, wholegrain bread, melon, water-melon, apricot stones, nuts

Vitamin PP (niacin)

Contributes to glycogen accumulation and normalizes liver functions, lowers the level of general cholesterol

Pineapples, rye bread, buckwheat grains, meat

A healthy diet includes a sufficient consumption of foods containing microelements. The products, mentioned above, contain potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium and other microelements.

A healthy diet excludes products with a high content of extractive substances, harmful substances of fats oxidized while frying, and food processed by frying.

What needs to be excluded from a healthy diet

To restore liver health, the following products are excluded from the meals:

Smoked, salty products

Canned foods, subproducts

Fatty kinds of meat, fish, caviar

Cream, sour cottage cheese, spicy and fatty chesses

Hard-boiled eggs

Animal fats, trans-fats

Vegetables, rich in purines garden radishes, black radish, sorrel, spinach, mushrooms, marinated vegetables

Meat, fish, mushroom stocks and soups, sauces, cooked from them

Hot spices

All kinds of legumes

Sour fruit and berries

Ice-creams and creams

Cold beverages, coffee, cocoa

The principle of a healthy diet will help restore liver health and its functions in the body.