Our Human body requires various types of vitamins on a daily basis to keep functioning at its best. The Liver, in specific, needs almost all these vitamins to remain healthy...
Our Human body requires various types of vitamins on a daily basis to keep functioning at its best. The Liver, in specific, needs almost all these vitamins to remain healthy and to carry out its everyday routine functions. There are also some precautions to be taken while choosing these vitamin supplements, as they do more harm than help. Let us discuss about each of these Vitamins and the vital role they play in the wellness of the liver.
Vitamin A is a very good antioxidant. An antioxidant is very important for the body because it prevents free radicals (that are generated from normal metabolic processes, sun light, etc.,) from damaging the organs. Antioxidants are a boon that binds with these free radicals, neutralize them, thus preventing damage to the organs.
In the case of liver, free radicals in the body cause liver scarring. Hence, an antioxidant is required to prevent the free radicals from scarring the liver. Vitamin A does the job.
Vitamin A (Beta Carotene) also detoxifies the liver.
But caution needs to be taken while consuming Vitamin A. People who already have liver cirrhosis should be more cautious about the dosage of Vitamin A. But Vitamin A can be taken in the form of Beta Carotene.
Vitamin A is found in carrots, sweet potatoes, apricots, fish, liver and tropical fruits.
Vitamin B-12 is a non toxic vitamin and has no contraindications or negative effects. It helps in the detoxification process. Vitamin B-12 is also used to treat Jaundice and viral Hepatitis. But Vitamin B-12 is more effective in the form of injection rather than oral supplement as it is not well absorbed due to gut flora.
Vitamin C is also a very good anti oxidant that prevents the free radicals from destroying the healthy liver tissues. In fact, Vitamin C protects the liver. Even very low doses of Vitamin C help to prevent fat from building up in the liver. Normal dose of Vitamin C helps to flush the fats from the liver. It has also been studied that high doses of Vitamin C helps in eliminating Jaundice. But the doses are determined by a doctor depending on the Bowel tolerance.
Vitamin C is also recommended for people with problems related to toxicity and oxidative stress (due to free radical).
Vitamin C is found in citrus fruits like oranges and berries.
Though Vitamin D is not directly used to treat Liver problems, it has been found that more than 90% of the people with Liver disease have Vitamin D deficiency. Hence, Vitamin D is prescribed for those with advanced liver disease to prevent osteoporosis and other bone related problems.
Vitamin E is also an antioxidant used to neutralize free radicals. Vitamin E also protects cell membranes, softens the existing scar tissue of liver, which in turn helps in the regeneration of fresh tissues. Another job of Vitamin E is to protect Vitamin A from damage by free radicals.
But care should be taken on the dosage of Vitamin E. Also, usage is natural Vitamin E Is essential.
Vitamin E is naturally found in Pumpkin, Sunflower oil, Sesame Oil, Mangoes, Papaya, tomatoes.
People with chronic liver conditions are more prone to bruising and bleeding as the liver cells are unable to produce enough of clotting factors. Vitamin K is prescribed for such kind of problems as it helps to reduce the deficiency of clotting factors and helps in reducing bruises and bleeding.
Vitamin K is found in dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach, mint, wheatgrass and alfalfa sprouts.
Choosing the right Vitamin and the correct dosage is very important for keeping the liver healthy and managing the liver problems.
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