Love avocados? New research shows this decadent, high fat fruit may help to protect your liver.

Avocado for Detox and Cellular Protection

Researchers at Shizuoka University in Japan fed 22 different fruits to a group of rats with liver damage caused by galactosamine, a powerful liver toxin. The researchers then measured the changes in specific liver enzymes which indicate damage.

Of the 22 fruits, the avocado had the most potent liver-protecting activity, boasting 5 specific compounds that appear to be active in reducing liver damage. Hirokazu Kawagishi , the study leader says

Besides offering taste and nutrition, avocados seem to improve liver health. People should eat more of them.

The High Fat Liver Protector You Should Be Enjoying MORE!

Don’t be deterred by avocados high calorie, high fat profile. Their fat is the heart-healthy monounsaturated variety and the “alligator pear” provides a laundry list of potent nutrients including antioxidant vitamins E and C, glutathione, lutein and zeaxanthin. If that’s not enough —they’re also high in fiber and potassium, and provide a good amount of folate, to boot.

So go ahead and slice avocados onto salads, fold into lettuce wraps for Paleo “burritos” and mash into guacamole. You’ll delight your taste buds, and protect your liver, too.