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Important Detoxification Foods

There are a variety of foods to support detoxification mechanisms. Cruciferous vegetables known as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and collard greens, are rich in vitamin C and soluble fiber. These foods also contain anti-cancer properties that include diindolylmethane, sulforaphane, and selenium. These properties are known to stimulate Phase I and Phase II detoxification pathways and are powerful antioxidants. The recommended serving is a 1/2 cup a day. Onions and garlic are rich in a variety of organic sulfur compounds. These foods have been shown to help lower blood pressure and cholestrol levels, regulate blood sugar and provide antibiotic effects. They also have the ability to help with one of the Phase I conjugation pathways known as sulfation. The recommended serving is one clove per day and handful of cooked onions. Pomegranate, raspberries, and strawberries contain ellagic acid, a phenolic compound that has powerful detoxification properties. Ellagic acid also has been shown to have liver protective effects and can support Phase II detoxification enzymes. A great way to get ellagic acid is to drink 3 oz of pomegranate juice a day. The following foods are known as bile movers, they include artichokes, dandelions, beets and radishes. One of the functions of the bile is to move toxins from the liver to the gallbladder and into the duodenum. The recommended servings is one half cup of these foods combined, they are great in a salad! Consuming these foods on a regular basis is a great way to support the body's detoxification pathways. 
 
Info provided by Whole Body Cleansing, By Gaetano Morello, N.D.
 
 
In good health,
Shana Burns, C.N.

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