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ANTIOXIDANTS, FREE RADICALS
& HEPATITIS C


According to a study published in Hepatology International on Nov 26, 2009, "Most hepatocellular carcinomas occur in cirrhotic livers, and the common mechanism for hepatocarcinogenesis is chronic inflammation associated with severe oxidative stress." In other words free radicals cause oxidative stress and chronic inflammation that may develop into liver cancer for individuals with liver disease such as hepatitis C. Furthermore the study concludes, "As a consequence, antioxidants have been proposed as an adjunct therapy for various liver diseases."

WHAT ARE FREE RADICALS?

Free radicals are explained in the book, Prescription for Natural Healing, by James Balch as follows: "A free radical is an atom or group of atoms that contains at least one unpaired electron. Electrons are negatively charged particles that usually occur in pairs, forming a chemically stable arrangement. If an electron is unpaired, another atom or molecule can easily bond with it, causing a chemical reaction. Because they join so readily with other compounds, free radicals can effect dramatic changes within the body, and they can cause a lot of damage..."

The presence of a dangerous number of free radicals can alter the way in which the cells code genetic material. Changes in protein structure can occur as a result of errors in protein synthesis. The body's immune system may then see this altered protein as a foreign substance and then destroy it. The formation of mutated proteins can eventually damage the immune system and then lead to cancer and other diseases. In addition to damaging genetic material, free radicals can destroy the protective cell membranes.

WHAT ARE ANTIOXIDANTS?

By destroying free radicals, antioxidants help to detoxify and protect the body. We can minimize free radical damage by taking supplements of key nutrients. There is a group of vitamins, minerals and enzymes that are classified as antioxidants.

Antioxidants can be obtained from food sources such as fresh fruits and vegetables, it is difficult to get enough of them to be effective in protecting against the cellular damage caused by a virus such as hepatitis.

Since antioxidants protect against cellular damage it is no wonder they are used in health regimens prescribed for hepatitis, since hepatitis can do massive free radical damage to the liver!

WHAT ROLE DO ANTIOXIDANTS PLAY IN THE TREATMENT OF HCV?

A US study confirmed that oxidative stress (from free radical damage) occurs in patients with chronic hepatitis and that the levels of the free radicals correlated with the activity of the hepatitis. Antioxidant supplements are believed by many to protect against the free radicals generated by the hepatitis C virus.

There are clinical studies from Italy that suggest that glutathione, a very important liver antioxidant, influences hepatitis C in the following ways:
* impairs the replication of HCV
* improvement in liver enzyme levels
* improve liver cell damage
* make interferon anti-viral therapy more effective
(To see a more detailed description of these clinical studies please see www.thione.com)
The information provided by some clinical studies done in Spain and Italy suggest that there is an important relationship between antioxidants and chronic liver disease, specifically hepatitis C.

Many sources believe that antioxidants are important in the management of patients with viral hepatitis, particularly hepatitis C. In a study, published in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology:Volume 39(8)September 2005 pp 737-742, it was shown that in one of the tested parameters (eg, liver enzymes, HCV RNA levels, or liver biopsy score), a combination of antioxidants induced a favorable response in 48% of the patients. Normalization of liver enzymes occurred in 44% of patients who had elevated pretreatment ALT levels. ALT levels remained normal throughout follow-up period in 72.7%. A decrease in viral load (one log or more) was observed in 25% of the patients. Histologic improvement (2-point reduction in the HAI score) was noted in 36.1% of the patients. The SF-36 score improved in 58% of the patients throughout the course of the trial. Treatment was well tolerated by all patients. No major adverse reactions were noted.

Taking a look at the treatment programs used by "survivors" of HCV (Naomi Judd, among many others) one will see that antioxidants were invariably used in their health regimens.

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The reports we offer list all the important antioxidants used in treating hepatitis C, along with detailed descriptions, suggested dosages, possible interactions with other supplements, any clinical studies or research about them, food sources of certain antioxidants, and testimonials from hepatitis C survivors.

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