Avocado can help to stimulate your liver because of its high mono unsaturated fat content. Many health enthusiasts choose to eat a tablespoon or so of extra-virgin olive oil first thing in the morning because of this. They believe it gives a kick-start to their liver after waking from sleep.
Avocados contain over 80% vegetable oil, with almost all that being very healthy unsaturated fat. It has a fat composition similar to olive oil and other vegetable oils, which are known to be heart healthy and good for your liver.
The liver is tasked with processing triglycerides, which are globules of fat in the bloodstream. Saturated fat, which comes from mainly meat and animal sources, is tougher for the liver to process than unsaturated fat.
Unsaturated fat scours the arteries looking for LDL cholesterol and binds with it, helping the liver to clear it from the body. When the liver is taxed heavily, it cannot process triglycerides as efficiently as it normally would, resulting in higher cholesterol levels.
Therefore, people who have had abnormal readings on their liver enzyme test may benefit from a change of diet. Give your liver a break by reducing saturated fat intake. Replace meat and dairy products in your diet with fruits and vegetables. Because of its caloric profile, avocado is a great place to start in that respect.
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