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Doctor insights on: Vitamins For Liver Health

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Dr. Howard Schneider
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Liver (Definition)

This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more


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Can cod liver oil good for hepatitis b patients?

Can cod liver oil good for hepatitis b patients?

I don't think so: Some physicians believe that fish oils are helpful for inflammation and/or blood lipid problems. I have no reason to believe that this will specifically help hepatitis b though it could help the joint disease. The obviously-false internet claim that it "cures hepatitis b" is sucker bait; if it did, some of the nih piranhas would have made their reputations by proving it. ...Read more

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Are prenatal vitamins good for skin health?

Are prenatal vitamins good for skin health?

Vitamins: Prenatal vitamins are good in general. We don't generally eat a balanced diet with all the minerals we need. In particular prenatal vitamins have a high Folic Acid which prevents spinal cord defects in babies. You can just take centrum sivler or a similar vitamin you buy in the store that is not prescrftption and get the same benefit. ...Read more

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Are liver detox supplements bad for you?

Are liver detox supplements bad for you?

No: This is a very general question as there is a great variety of liver detox supplements and some are certainly much better than others, but the whole point of liver detox supplements is to improve health (while making money for the manufacturer). They generally contain herbs like milk thistle and dandelion that are safe and effective. For best results choose ones that have organic herbs. ...Read more

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Which is better for liver care himalaya liver care or milk thistle?

Which is better for liver care himalaya liver care or milk thistle?

Milk thistle, but...: There's some actual science supporting milk thistle for hepatitis c (gastroenterology nov 2008). The other product lists chicory, tamarisk, yarrow and caper bush. I searched the nih database back to 1996 and found exactly nothing. Don't rely no a supplement except as part of a comprehensive plan of care for yourself. ...Read more

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Best Types of Vitamins for Mental Health, Nerves and Digestive Health ?

Best Types of Vitamins for Mental Health, Nerves and Digestive Health
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Eat a balanced diet: Don't waste your money on vitamins. If you feel the need than any OTC general vitamine will do ...Read more

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Is cod liver oil good for fatty liver?

Is cod liver oil good for fatty liver?

Not especially : Source of vitamins a and d; don't overdo. Fatty liver often associated with overweight, alcohol, some meds. Address those issues. ...Read more

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Does taking vitamins tax your liver?

If you take doses: That are several fold higher than those recommended - then yes. Otherwise no. ...Read more

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Any vitamin health supplement recommendation for brittle nails and hair ??

Any vitamin health supplement recommendation for brittle nails and hair ??

NONE: Biotin, calcium, many others, are pitched to gullible people by unscrupulous con men. See a dermatologist if you have a significant issue. Nutrition is obtained from food. Eat your vegetables. There are THOUSANDS of nutrients in food which cannot be reproduced in any pill. People who eat normal food derive no benefit from vitamin pills. ...Read more

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Is there a supplement for overall health or milk thistle/dandelion to cleanse/detox the liver?

Can be helpfull: Yes. This can be beneficial but does not replace good liver living. To ensure good liver health either don’t drink alcohol or limit your intake (1 drink for females & 2 for males/ day). Be proactive with hepatitis b (& a) vaccination. Avoid risks like sharing needles (iv drug use), unprotected sex or lack of sanitation with piercings & tattoos. Protect from blood and fecal contact when>>. ...Read more

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Are vitamins and other supplements important for your lung health?

Are vitamins and other supplements important for your lung health?

Yes: Vitamin d insufficiency has been linked to asthma and respiratory infections in kids and adults. Also, antioxidants like vitamins a, c and e as well as minerals like zinc and magnesium support healthy lung function. Omega 3 fatty acids and probiotics also may be effective for promoting a healthy respiratory system. ...Read more

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Is milk thistle good for your liver?

IV form possibly: Taking it orally had some anecdotal evidence, but they did a big review of multiple studies about it and found no benefit. The ingredient in milk thistle, silymarin, is being tested supposedly via administration through IV route. Here's a link to the study review: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/12427501. ...Read more

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What would cause elevated liver enzymes of alt 70 and ast 36? I don't drink, only take 250 mg magnesium and prenatal vitamins for nursing.

What would cause elevated liver enzymes of  alt 70 and ast 36? I don't drink, only take 250 mg magnesium and prenatal vitamins for nursing.

Probably not a worry: Those levels are really borderline high. If your not ill and have no other symptoms I would just get it rechecked in a month or so and don't lose sleep over it. ...Read more

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Is there a good vitamin, herb, or natural food for detoxing your liver?

No: The liver itself is a detoxing organ. No specific foods or vitamins are needed. ...Read more

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Does ginger have any health benefits to liver?

Does ginger have any health benefits to liver?

YES,very impressive : Recent studies have shown that relatively small doses of ginger offer powerful protection against liver damage from potent toxins such as bromobenzene and lead- see http://wrightnewsletter.Com/2013/10/09/ginger-shields-liver/ there is also preliminary evidence that ginger may be beneficial in treating non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. See http://www.Greenmedinfo.Com/node/83545. ...Read more

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Can consuming supplements be bad for your health? Herbs vitamins etc

Can consuming supplements be bad for your health? Herbs vitamins etc

Potentially: Supplements are just that. Too much of a "good thing" can be harmful. Also depending on certain medical conditions even normal amounts of supplements can be dangerous. Also supplements are not regulated and therefore it is not always clear what you are taking. Only use reputable brands and ask your doctor about specific supplements. ...Read more

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Can vitamins cleanse the liver?

Can vitamins cleanse the liver?

Umean healthy eating: I'M ALL FOR IT IF by "cleanse" you mean adopting a healthy lifestyle with routine exercise, cutting out tobacco, reducing alcohol & sugary drinks, minimizing highly processed foods & fats, & adding in lean proteins, whole fruits, vegetables, & nuts. DON'T DO IT IF instead you mean taking some fad diet, enema, colonic, or purgative to lose weight or supposedly rid your body of unspecified "toxins." ...Read more

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Does taking vitamins tax your liver?

If you take doses: That are several fold higher than those recommended - then yes. Otherwise no. ...Read more

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What is the best vitamins for the liver?

There are several: Here are a few supplements that optomize liver function: n-acetyl cysteine is found in most emergency rooms and is given for tylenol (acetaminophen) overdose (tylenol (acetaminophen) (acetaminophen) is very toxic to liver) milk thistle (aka silymarin) and Alpha lipoic acid are also very good. ...Read more

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What are the best foods/vitamins for your liver?

What are the best foods/vitamins  for your liver?

Cilantro: Cilantro, parsley and other greens are terrific for liver cleansing and support. Garlic, beets, lemon juice and unsaturated fats like those found in olive oil are also helpful. ...Read more

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Which vitamin level can be related to liver damage?

Which vitamin level can be related to liver damage?

Vitamin A: is something we can OD on and can be toxic to the liver. A lot of vitamin A is found in cod liver oil. Use Marine Fish Oil instead. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Please suggest what foods/vitamins are the best to heal the liver?

Please suggest what foods/vitamins are the best to heal the liver?

Liver health: Milk thistle is helpful as is black cohosh. Please discuss use of herbals with your physician before hand. To ensure good liver health either don’t drink alcohol or limit your intake (1 drink for females & 2 for males/ day). Be proactive with hepatitis b (& a) vaccination. Avoid risks like sharing needles (iv drug use), unprotected sex or lack of sanitation with piercings & tattoos. Protect >>. ...Read more

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Is taking vitamin pills with liver disease generally considered safe?

Is taking vitamin pills with liver disease generally considered safe?

Generally yes: Taking a multivitamin in a patient with liver disease is generally safe, if the dose does not exceed the daily recommended allowance (dwa) and should not routinely contain iron, which can be elevated in some patients with liver disease. In addition, vit. A should not be taken in doses over the dwa. Patients with cirrhosis often have deficiencies in vit. D, zinc and magnesium. Ask ur hepatologist. ...Read more

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Is there a good vitamin, herb, or natural food for detoxing your liver?

No: The liver itself is a detoxing organ. No specific foods or vitamins are needed. ...Read more

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What are the different kind of foods and vitamins that are good for your liver?

What are the different kind of foods and vitamins that are good for your liver?

Healthy lifestyle: Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables, avoiding excessive calories, fats, and alcohol, and maintaining normal weight are all factors that promote and maintain health and therefore promote a healthy liver. I don't think that there's a "fix" for chronic liver disease. ...Read more

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Which vitamin taken in large doses , what drugs are associated with liver injury?

Which vitamin taken in large doses , what drugs are associated with liver injury?

Vitamin A: So don't eat that polar bear liver raw (it contains mega-doses of vitamin a)! vitamin a doses greater than 100, 000 iu / day are well known to cause liver damage, and even 25, 000 iu at a time can be dangerous. Beyond that iron can damage the diseased liver (hap c, cirrhosis), and herbal supplements can sometimes contain liver toxins. And you thought valerian was good for you! ...Read more

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What are the different kind of food or sources of vitamins that are good for your liver?

What are the different kind of food or sources of vitamins that are good for your liver?

Many choices: Liver health is extremely important for many bodily processes, including detoxification. Nutrients found in foods like garlic, ginger, cilantro, parsley, beets and lemons are known to help with detoxification. Water is always a good idea. For those with liver enzyme elevations, the herb milk thistle has been studied and shown to be helpful in some cases. ...Read more

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High b12 for many years until last test level was in middle, does this mean my liver is doing better?All fasting morning tests and same b12 vitamin

High b12 for many years until last test level was in middle, does this mean my liver is doing better?All fasting morning tests and same b12 vitamin

We ingest most of: our B 12 from meat, especially red meat. Are you presently eating less meat? That would account for it. If your B 12 was high, I don't understand why you were taking this supplement. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Why is vitamin E not stored in the liver?

Why is vitamin E not stored in the liver?

Because it is: In rat studies 90% of the vitamin E was stored in the liver and cells are highly saturated with fat. I discovered this with a 32 second Google search ...Read more

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What kind of vitamins can help detox the liver?

What kind of vitamins can help detox the liver?

N-Acetyl Cysteine: N- acetyl cysteine can help clean the liver. Need to stop this medication slowly otherwise can cause extreme fatigue. ...Read more

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What kind of vitamins can help to fight a fatty liver?

Vitamin E: The only study done for vitamins and fatty liver also compare vitamin E with Actos (pioglitazone) ( a diabetes medication) demostrated vitamin E decresed the inflamation of fatty liver. Now, you should take a combination of vitamin E called tocopherols the most important is gamma tocopherol. ...Read more

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Hi, for acné I was told to have a treatment with A vitamin, is it bad for the liver?

Hi, for acné I was told to have a treatment with A vitamin, is it bad for the liver?

Rarely any probelm: Vitamin A and its related Retinoids are commonly used for treatment of severe acne. These drugs are fairly safe other than their bad effects on the pregnancy so you have to be on Oral contraceptives or practice adequate birth control. Liver is rarely affected significantly. ...Read more

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What is the name of the disorder of the liver could result in excess vitamin B12 in the body?

What is the name of the disorder of the liver could result in excess vitamin B12 in the body?

Cirrhosis: Cirrosis, chronic hepatitis, may cause artifically elevated B12 as the liver store vit B12 and also prodcue the proteins that bind vit B12 in the blood. If the liver is sick, it can not produce the binding proteins and when measured vit B12 appears as it is elevated, as only the un-bound form of vit B12 is measured. ...Read more

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