Supplements for Detoxification

Do you feel like you need to cleanse your body and wonder which foods and supplements are best for detoxification? Excess exposure to environmental toxins can overburden the liver, cause symptoms and lead to health issues.

Simple changes to diet and lifestyle along with nutritional supplements can help to keep the liver healthy to support detoxification.

Key Foods for Detoxification

Nutrients known to support healthy detoxification include alpha-lipoic acid (ALA), cysteine, magnesium, selenium, B vitamins, zinc, glutathione and antioxidants such as vitamin C and E. Fibre-rich foods are particularly beneficial for detoxification. Avoid processed and sugary foods and include these foods in your diet:

  • Dark green, leafy vegetables: kale, spinach, beet greens, rocket and chard are a rich source of ALA, magnesium, B vitamins, vitamin C, antioxidants and fibre.
  • Cruciferous vegetables: vegetables from the Brassica family, such as broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and cabbage contain essential vitamins and minerals to support each stage of liver detoxification.
  • Avocado: a good source of glutathione (powerful antioxidant), fibre, magnesium, B vitamins, vitamin C and vitamin E.
  • Brazil nuts: a great source of selenium. Two brazil nuts provides the recommended daily allowance of selenium but don’t eat more than this as they cause toxicity.
  • Good quality red meat, poultry and seafood: a rich source of ALA, zinc, B vitamins and cysteine (needed to make and replenish glutathione).

Which Supplements Can Support Detoxification?

These are the top nutrients to consider when looking for supplements to support detoxification:

  1. Milk thistle
  2. N-acetyl cysteine (the supplement form of cysteine)
  3. Vitamin C
  4. Antioxidant complex
  5. Alpha-lipoic acid

Top Tips on Buying Supplements for Detoxification

  • For vitamin C, look for the ascorbate form rather than ascorbic acid, as this is gentler on the stomach.
  • If you take prescribed medications, particularly anti-psychotics, talk to your doctor first about taking milk thistle, as it can interact with certain medications.
  • Although antioxidant supplements support many body processes, they can be problematic if taken in excess, so always stick to the recommended dosage provided by the manufacturer or your practitioner.

Nutritional Therapy Support For Detoxification

Work with a registered Nutritional Therapist for a personalised nutrition and diet plan, tailored to your specific health requirements. For one-to-one support with detoxification and to book a consultation, head over to our expert page here:

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