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Two natural secrets to saving your liver

Tasty protection for your liver

If they’re not already in your kitchen, there are a couple of things I want you to add to your grocery list.

Heck, why not work them into your dinner recipe for tonight?

Doing so could offer protection against a disease that’s been linked to obesity and weight gain, as well as liver cancer and death. It could also protect your liver from oxidative stress.

Sprinkle on some turmeric, a spice common in curry, and you’ll be getting a dose of curcumin. Research from Saint Louis University recently showed that it could fight against non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), an increasingly common kind of fatty liver disease. That’s the one that’s been linked to obesity, liver cancer, and death, as well as liver fibrosis and cirrhosis.

In the United State, NASH affects 3 to 4 percent of adults. The Saint Louis study shows that curcumin could help prevent it — and possibly treat the damage of liver fibrosis.

So far, the study has only been in the lab, and the researchers are looking to extend their research to animal and human studies.

The second item on the grocery list is more likely than not already in your pantry.

It’s good old olive oil.

Research published in the journal Nutrition and Metabolism found that rats fed extra virgin olive oil were partially protected from oxidative stress damage to the liver.

It’s really no surprise — olive oil’s high antioxidant content makes it a perfect fighter of oxidative damage.

Again, this wasn’t a human study, but the results were promising. You already know so many of the other health benefits offered by olive oil — and you might remember that turmeric has come up in the e-Tips before, thanks to research showing it can help ward off both Alzheimer’s and colon cancer.

If you’ll excuse me, I’m off to scour my cookbooks for a few new recipes!

“Spice in curry could prevent liver damage,” Science Daily (
“Olive oil may protect against liver damage: Study,” NutraIngredients USA (