When I first made this green juice recipe I knew it would quickly become my favorite. Not only is it powerful support for liver health, but it also tastes amazing! I now make this every week as part of my regular eating plan.
Key Ingredients for the Green Juice Recipe
There are seven key ingredients for this green juice. It’s best if you use a juicer for this recipe to extract all the goodness from these powerful plants. However, I have included a variation that you could make in a blender.
Fennel is crunchy, slightly sweet, and has an anise-like flavor (think black licorice). It’s made up of a white bulb, long green stalks, and feathery greens. If you’re not sure what it looks like, here’s a picture.
Fennel works perfectly in this green juice recipe since its volatile oil, anethole has been shown to protect the liver from toxic chemical injury. It’s also high in vitamin C and the trace mineral molybdenum (molybdenum deficiency may impair detoxification). Fennel is a super-powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties. Its volatile oils can also help relieve cramps, bloating, and gas in the digestive tract.
Cucumber is thought of as a vegetable, but it’s actually a fruit. We normally eat the seeds of a cucumber which have a wide variety of phytonutrients, some that can help balance blood sugar. Cucumber has a cooling and detoxifying effect. It also provides anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits in addition to being hydrating and electrolyte-rich. When eaten daily, cucumber can help reverse liver damage and toxic load.
An “apple a day” is a good idea! The polyphenols (beneficial substances) in apple help keep blood fats and beneficial gut bacteria balanced. Its pectin (fiber) and malic acid help to remove carcinogens (cancer-causing toxins) from the liver. In fact, the malic acid in apple also helps to open the ducts that run through the liver, allowing it to be properly flushed. It’s one of the most beneficial fruits for the liver.
Ginger is a must in this green juice recipe! It contains over 400 compounds, many that benefit the liver by reducing inflammation and protecting against cellular damage. Ginger has been shown to protect the liver from toxins, like alcohol. It has long a history of benefits for digestion. Overall, ginger is considered “hepatoprotective” (liver protective), helping to prevent fatty liver disease and liver cancer.
A recent Chinese study found that lemon juice protects against alcohol-induced liver damage and can help with the repair process. Lemon has many beneficial compounds such as essential oils, pectin, flavonoids, and vitamins (especially vitamin C). It’s also a great source of electrolyte minerals for the liver. Be sure to have some lemon in your diet daily. Start the day with the juice of half a lemon in a glass of warm water. this helps stimulate the liver’s bile production and rehydrates after a night of sleep (when the liver is building and repairing).
Cilantro (also called coriander and Chinese parsley) has been used medicinally to cleanse and detoxify the liver. It also helps stimulate digestive enzymes and protect liver cells from toxins. Cilantro is loaded with vitamins, minerals, and a wide variety of phytonutrients. It’s anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiviral and is well known for its ability to help rid the body of heavy metals, especially mercury.
7. Dandelion Greens
Once Spring rolls around, don’t get rid of those dandelions in your yard! The compounds in dandelion greens are known to reduce liver stress and support the liver’s bile production. It’s a bitter green and pretty powerful, so use these sparingly in this green juice recipe. One study found that dandelion may help treat obesity-related fatty liver disease. Dandelion greens help improve liver health, digestion, and promote beautiful skin. It can also help with constipation since it gets the liver and gall bladder moving. (Note: The milky sap from dandelion is a well-known remedy for removing warts. Simply apply the sap topically every day until the wart disappears.)
So now you’re ready to make this amazing green juice and make your liver happy. Enjoy this as often as possible, at least once a week. It’s also great for supporting a healthy immune system.
Liver Green Juice Recipe
- 2 large fennel bulbs include stems and feathery greens
- 2 large cucumbers peeled
- 2 lemons peeled (but leave some white and skin on)
- 2 apples peeled
- 2 one-inch pieces of ginger root peeled (or use more!)
- 1 bunch of cilantro
- 3-5 dandelion green leaves
- Put all ingredients through the juicer in the following order: cucumbers, some fennel, apples, some fennel, lemon, some fennel pieces, cilantro, dandelion greens, ginger, remaining fennel