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| July/August 2006

Vitamin C: Crucial for Your Liver, Too

In addition to its cold-preventing properties, vitamin C is perhaps the most liver-loving vitamin of them all, according to Ann Louise Gittleman in The Fast Track One-Day Detox Diet. Vitamin C stimulates the production of glutathione, which is the liver’s premier antioxidant. Glutathione supplements cannot be taken by themselves because the molecules are too large to be absorbed by the gastrointestinal tract, so in order to make sure you have enough of this vital antioxidant, load up on vitamin C. By stimulating glutathione, the vitamin also helps bind up heavy metals, such as mercury and cadmium, and eliminate them from the body.

Gittleman recommends adding the juice of 1/2 a fresh lemon or lime to your daily drinking water to ensure you’re getting a sufficient amount of vitamin C in your diet.

Source: Gittleman, Ann Louise. The Fast Track One-Day Detox Diet. New York: Morgan Road Books, 2005.


Common names: Parsley, fairy feathers, garden parsley

Latin name: Petroselinum crispum

Family: Apiaceae

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