Our liver filters out and excretes toxins from our body. We often ask what we can take to improve our liver health, but in fact: the less we take, the better. Less is more for the liver
There are some natural remedies that have been studied in reputable clinical trials and are found to be safe or beneficial to liver health. For example:
These remedies can reduce inflammation in the liver, which can help prevent liver damage. Advanced fibrosis or cirrhosis will not reverse completely. However, improving your liver health can help to manage even advanced disease.
Natural remedies will not cure viral hepatitis B or C
There is currently no cure for Hepatitis B. About 30% of people with Hep B are recommended antiviral treatment to suppress viral activity and slow liver damage. The rest of people are able to live with the virus with minimal risk to the liver. Natural remedies may help to reduce inflammation, but will not cure Hep B.
Do your research
Taking herbs or alternative medicine could cause more liver problems, so it's important to discuss all remedies with your doctor before you start.
It's important to do your research before spending a lot of money on any remedy. As a health care advocate, I've seen people spend a lot of money on miracle cures that are unlikely to be effective.
Remember, with the liver, less is more!
- National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Hepatitis C
- Association of coffee intake with reduced incidence of liver cancer and death from chronic liver disease in the US multiethnic cohort.
- Milk Thistle (PDQ®)
- Pharmacological actions of curcumin in liver diseases or damage.
- Coffee and Caffeine Are Associated With Decreased Risk of Advanced Hepatic Fibrosis Among Patients With Hepatitis C.
Nirah is a clinical social worker and public health professional who has been raising awareness about hepatitis C and liver health in NYC since 2007. She organizes the Hep Free NYC network in NYC. - See more at: http://www.healthcentral.com/hepatitis-c/c/198689/176746/hepatitis-baby-boomers#sthash.rRoAmlWN.dpuf Nirah is a clinical social worker and public health professional who has been raising awareness about hepatitis C and liver health in NYC since 2007. She organizes the Hep Free NYC network in NYC. - See more at: http://www.healthcentral.com/hepatitis-c/c/198689/176746/hepatitis-baby-boomers#sthash.rRoAmlWN.dpuf