YOUR LIVER AND HEPATITIS C
Since vitamins are
essential to life and good health, it stands to reason that a well-rounded
multivitamin supplement would be helpful to anyone, especially someone
with a chronic disease such as Hepatitis C.
Most people trying
take charge of their health with the aid of nutritional supplements
do not think in terms of RDA’s (Recommended Daily Allowances), they
think in terms of the taking the amounts that will target their specific
health challenges and maximize their health.
for Nutritional Healing, by James F. Balch calls this ODA’s,
optimal daily allowances-- the amounts of nutrients needed for vibrant
good health. The RDA’s are the recommended allowances that one needs
to avoid malnutrition and diseases resulting from not obtaining the
minimum daily needs.
When looking for a
good multivitamin, I used several criteria. First, I wanted it to
contain as many and as much antioxidants as possible. A common guideline
for antioxidant doses that your multivitamin should have in it are:
Vitamin C -- 2,500 mg Beta-carotene -- 15,000 IU Vitamin E -- 800-1200
IU Selenium -- 200-400 mcg Zinc -- 30 mg
Vitamin C increases the production of infection-fighting white blood cells and antibodies and increases levels of interferon, the antibody that coats cell surfaces, preventing the entry of viruses. Additionally, studies show those whose diets are higher in vitamin C have lower rates of colon, prostate, and breast cancer.
Adding a daily dose of Vitamin D to the regimen of pegylated interferon-alfa 2 and ribavirin might increase the response rates, according to an abstract which was presented at the Liver Meeting 2009, the 60th Annual Meeting of the American Association of the Study of Liver Disease.
Beta carotene increases the number of infection-fighting cells, natural killer cells, and helper T-cells, as well as being a powerful antioxidant that mops up excess free radicals that accelerate aging. Beta carotene also protects against cancer by stimulating the immune cells called macrophages to produce tumor necrosis factor, which kil