Hepatitis C is a liver disease that is caused by a virus. Usually, hepatitis C is chronic, but the majority of people do not experience any symptoms until the virus causes damage to the liver. This usually happens within ten or more years. If one suffering from hepatitis C does not have medical treatment, chronic hepatitis usually leads to liver failure or liver cancer. As well as using medical treatment to treat hepatitis C, dietary supplements and health approaches may also be used.

 

Is It Safe To Use Dietary Supplements?

 

Some dietary supplements may have side effects and may also interact with the medical treatment in negative ways. Alternatively, depending on different health problems an individual may have, dietary supplements may also be unsafe. It is always recommending checking with your GP before you go about using any dietary supplements for hepatitis C. You need to make sure it is both compatible with your medical supplement and safe. A known dietary supplement to cause irreversible side effects is Colloidal Silver, which is therefore not safe to use.

 

Are Dietary Supplements Effective?

 

Much research has been carried out and none has proven dietary supplements to be effective in treating or helping with hepatitis C. Research has been conducted on Silymarin, which is the complementary health product taken by individuals with liver disease. Results show it is not much active than taking a placebo.  Other dietary supplements were also tested, which were also not proven to be effective. These include:

 

  • Liquor-ice Root
  • Zinc
  • Lactoferrin
  • S-Adenosyl-L-Methionine

 

What To Remember

 

It is important that you never replace any medical treatment you are having for hepatitis C with any dietary supplements or additional approaches that have not been proven to be effective. If you do choose to use any complementary health approaches, it is important your GP is aware of this before you do.

 

Herbal Supplements For Hepatitis C

 

A variety of health supplements have been studied for hepatitis C and many people with the disease have tried herbal supplements. A study found twenty three percent of its participants were in fact using herbal products for the disease. Many different products were used, with milk thistle (Silymarin) being the most common. Another study also found the majority of adults with the disease used a range of corresponding health approaches. These included:

 

  • Herbal Remedies
  • Multivitamins
  • Deep Breathing Exercises
  • Massage
  • Progressive Relaxation
  • Meditation
  • Yoga

 

Thinking To Use Dietary Supplements?

 

Before you consider using dietary supplements for hepatitis C, it is important you do not use such approaches to replace any conventional treatment or as a reason to postpone visiting your GP regarding any medical problem. You must be aware that dietary supplements may interact with any medical treatments you are undergoing and could also have side effects. Consult your GP or your child’s GP if you are considering a dietary supplement with any of the following conditions:

 

  • If you are nursing a child
  • If you are pregnant
  • If you are considering giving it to a child

 

Make sure your GP or health care provider knows about any complementary health approaches you use. This will help to ensure care that is both safe and coordinated.