While it is not possible to cleanse the liver with any specific food or combination of foods, doctors may recommend dietary changes to people with liver disease.
For most people, avoiding very fatty foods and alcohol can reduce the risk of liver disease.
Doctors may offer dietary recommendations to people with specific liver diseases:
Bile duct disease: Use fat substitutes and kernel oil when cooking because the body needs less bile to break it down.
Cirrhosis: Limit salt intake. It may also be necessary to reduce protein intake, but only under the supervision of a doctor.
Fatty liver disease: Eat high-fiber foods and avoid foods that are very high in calories.
Hemochromatosis: Avoid iron-rich foods and iron supplements. Do not eat raw shellfish.
Hepatitis C: Avoid iron-rich foods and iron supplements. Reduce salt intake.
Wilson disease: Limit copper-rich foods, such as mushrooms, chocolate, and nuts.
People with healthy livers do not need to adopt specific diets. Simply eating a balanced, whole food, varied diet and limiting alcohol intake will help preserve liver health.