Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
What are some diet recommendations for the proper functioning of the liver?
A: Highly recommended foods that benefit liver functioning include: Azuki beans, beet tops, broccoli, cabbage, celery, cucumber, dandelion greens, grapefruit, lemon, lime, lychee, milk thistle seeds, pears, pine nuts, plums, raspberries, rice vinegar, rye, spinach, strawberries, tomato, and winter melon.
Also, it is important for you to avoid hydrogenated and poor quality fats, such as shortenings, margarine, and refined or rancid oils. Limit your intake of saturated fats, such as lard, animal meats, cream, and cheese. Avoid intoxicants and overeating.
You may find the specially formulated Traditions of Tao product, “Internal Cleanse” helpful for liver functioning. Of course, discuss with your physician before beginning any new health regime.