Liver Health: Enjoy the Colors of the Rainbow

This is part of our ongoing The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging spotlight. Each week, we will be posting some of the great information that’s packed into our book, The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging.

Today’s topic:
Liver Health: Enjoy the Colors of the Rainbow

No single food contains all of the beneficial liver-enhancing compounds.6 Interestingly, foods of different natural colors tend to contain greater amounts of different groups of these compounds. The varying and brilliant colors of fruits and vegetables are reflective of their differing polyphenol content. Various polyphenols are liver-supportive because they have antioxidant properties and confer additional health benefits. The truth is that if all of the whole fruits and vegetables you eat are white, or even green, you will be short-changing your poor overworked liver. (You can find charts linking the colors of foods and the nutrients they represent at http://www.5aday.org).6 Colorful meals are more than just visually pleasing – they are absolutely necessary for keeping your liver from getting old before its time.

Next Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging topic:
Liver Health: Enjoy the Spice(s) of Life

References:
6. 5 a Day – The Color Way. Produce for Better Health Foundation. Wilmington, DE. http://www.5aday.org/html/colorway/colorway_home.php

 


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