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Carrots, lettuce & cabbage | These vegetables protect your liver
A diet rich in vegetables reduces the risk of liver cancer and the risk of dying from chronic liver disease. Especially carrots, cabbage vegetables such as broccoli and lettuce have a protective effect.
947 participants developed liver cancer. Another 986 study participants developed chronic liver disease - a condition other than liver cancer - and died as a result. Zhao looked to see if he could find links between liver cancer and death due to chronic liver disease on the one hand and fruit and vegetable intake on the other.
Zhao divided the study participants into 5 equally sized groups based on their fruit intake, but found an equal number of cases of liver cancer and death due to chronic liver disease in all groups. So fruit did not protect the liver.
However, vegetables did protect, Zhao discovered when he divided the study participants into 5 equal groups based on their vegetable intake. The group with the highest vegetable intake had a 28 percent lower risk of liver cancer than the group with the lowest vegetable intake. The chance of dying from chronic liver disease was 18 percent less.
When Zhao looked at specific types of vegetables, he found that lettuce, broccoli and carrots in particular protected the liver. That is what the figure below tells you. Click on it for a larger version.
Isothiocyanates help prevent liver cells from turning into cancer cells. Carotenoids inhibit inflammation and thereby reduce, among other things, the risk of scarring in the liver.