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Nutrition’s Role in Rebuilding Liver Cells After Beating Hepatitis C

Nicole Cutler L.Ac. September 4, 2015

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Achieving SVR after Hepatitis C treatment is a major victory, but should be followed up with a nutritional plan to rebuild the liver for long-lasting health.
Nutrition's Role in Rebuilding Liver Cells After Clearing Hepatitis C

Rebuilding Liver Cells with Nutrition

Helping the liver recover from damage previously done and rebuilding liver cells that have been lost does not involve complex medications. Instead, authorities suggest taking a nutritional approach by feeding your body the building blocks for healthy and new cellular construction. Those building blocks include:

  • Protein – An adequate quantity of protein is needed for new cell production. In addition, protein can convert certain amino acids (the building blocks of protein) into sugar for quick energy. UltraNourish, a vegetarian superfood shake, contains 16g of pea protein!
  • Antioxidants – Abundant in brightly colored fruit and vegetables, antioxidants protect against cellular harm. This is valuable to neutralize toxins during liver cell regeneration.
  • Digestive Enzymes – Because digestive enzymes improve one’s ability to digest protein, they boost the liver’s absorption and utilization of amino acids. Digestive Enzymes contains 15 enzymes to help you better digest foods and their components, such as: proteins, carbohydrates, sugars, starches, fibers, fats; and even hard-to-digest foods such as: dairy products, grains and legumes.
  • Vitamins and Minerals – Vitamins and minerals function as cofactors, assisting enzymes in many liver functions. Vitamins and minerals are invaluable during detoxification, glucose and glycogen regulation, synthesis of blood proteins, and bile and lipoprotein production.

Those building blocks do NOT include:

  • Alcohol – This known liver toxin kills liver cells instead of rebuilding healthy ones. More specifically, when alcohol reaches the liver, it produces a toxic enzyme called acetaldehyde. Acetaldehyde damages liver cells and causes permanent scarring.
  • Fat – Saturated fat likely leads to accumulation of fat in the liver, which causes liver inflammation. This inflammation can injure liver cells and hampers liver cell regeneration.
  • Sugar – Besides inciting inflammatory reactions in the body, sugar may have a similar effect on the liver as alcohol. A 2012 paper in the journal Nature showed evidence that fructose and glucose in excess can have a toxic effect on the liver similar to the metabolism of acetaldehyde.

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