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Hepatitis C

A chronic disease that is sometimes difficult to treat (and should be treated by a gastroenterologist with a special interest in hepatitis C), Hepatitis C may respond to alpha-lipoic acid as a supplement to more traditional therapies. Studies at New Mexico State University suggest that alpha-lipoic acid greatly improves liver function and levels of glutathione in the liver. A professor at this university, Dr. Berkson, recommends a “triple antioxidant” regimen of 600 mg alpha-lipoic acid, 400 micrograms of selenium, and 900 mg of silymarin (milk thistle extract) to lower liver enzymes and improve functioning.

The following supplements may be helpful & worth researching as well:

SAM-e, alanine, taurine, vitamins C and E, curcumin, astaxanthin, resveratrol, grape seed extract, NAC, licorice root extract, garlic, green tea, and white tea. Try to avoid foods with MSG and soy and watch your iron intake closely.