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Supplements to Protect Liver

Tuesday, 22 April 2014 04:09 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Q: I was diagnosed with chronic hepatitis C in 2007. My liver biopsy showed a degree of fibrosis but no cirrhosis. What is the best thing to do to cure myself?
— Mark H., Vancouver, Wash.
A: The antiviral medications have varying success and a number of complications. However, several things can reduce the viral load, especially immune stimulants that target cellular immunity. These include beta-1,3/1,6-glucan, carnivora, Larch tree extract, and specific mushroom extracts.
Iron is a stimulant for viral growth and you should not eat a high-meat diet or take iron supplements. Drinking white tea three times a day, along with EGCG, can reduce viral replication. Teavigo has the highest concentration, at 94 percent, and can be mixed with the tea to boost the antiviral effect.
R-alpha lipoic acid protects the liver, and curcumin, quercetin, and hesperidin inhibit viral replication, while also protecting the liver. Taken in combination, these supplements can protect the liver, prevent liver cancer, and reduce viral loads.
Q: My husband had trigeminal neuralgia two years ago, and it lasted seven months. Then the pain disappeared for 15 months. It came back July last year. What causes this condition? Can it be cured by supplements?
— Nancy W., Des Moines, Iowa
A: Trigeminal neuralgia is a disorder characterized by episodes of intense pain in the face, originating in the trigeminal nerve. One of my old neurosurgery instructors actually devised a procedure called microvascular decompression, which I have found works very well in most cases.
There is evidence that the cause of the disorder is immunoexcitotoxicity at the nerve junction. Reducing inflammation and excitotoxicity will reduce the attacks of neuralgia. It is important to heal the damaged nerve.
This can be done with phosphatidylcholine, acetyl L-carnitine, R-lipoic acid, and high-dose B vitamins. In addition, vitamin B12 in a dose of 10,000 mcg per day will help. Curcumin, quercetin, hesperidin, and baicalein all reduce the immunoexcitotoxicity, and magnesium malate is essential.
Q: I have a dear friend who has lupus. What supplements would you recommend for her?
— Elizabeth D., Lake Jackson, Texas
A: In my personal experience, I have found magnesium and omega-3 oils to be most effective — especially the oil high in EPA as well as DHA. Studies on various autoimmune diseases suggest that curcumin and quercetin are also helpful because they are powerful anti-inflammatories.
Chronic inflammatory diseases, like lupus, cause severe depletion of magnesium and this magnifies inflammation. Supplementing with magnesium not only reduces inflammation, it increases defense against reactions associated with lupus, such as excitotoxicity.

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Q: I was diagnosed with chronic hepatitis C in 2007. My liver biopsy showed a degree of fibrosis but no cirrhosis. What is the best thing to do to cure myself? — Mark H., Vancouver, Wash.
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