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Quest Vitamins LTD,
8 Venture Way,
Aston Science Park,
Birmingham,
B7 4AP.

Tel: 0121 359 0056
Fax: 0121 359 0313
Email: info@questvitamins.co.uk
Registered in England No. 2530437

Cirrhosis

DESCRIPTION

A chronic and irreversible condition, in which liver cells are progressively destroyed, cirrhosis can lead to loss of liver function and eventually, death. As the cells undergo necrosis, the liver attempts to regenerate itself. New cells then replace the necrotic cells, yet extensive connective tissue is also built. The liver structure is altered so much then, that the flow of lymph and blood through this organ is much less efficient. Eventually the liver stops functioning.

The term cirrhosis is derived from the Greek word, kirrhos, meaning yellowish-orange; this is related to the jaundiced or yellowish hue to the Skin with which most liver diseases are associated.

Eating a more balanced diet (frequent and small meals), resting, avoiding Infection, and abstaining from alcohol can aid recovery.

HERBS

Ginseng
Gotu Kola
Milk Thistle (3)

NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS

Evening Primrose Oil
Lecithin
Manganese
Selenium (2)
Vitamin B6
Vitamin B12
Vitamin C (1)

REFERENCES

1. Ozaki M, et al: The in vivo cytoprotection of ascorbic acid against ischemia/reoxygenation injury of rat liver, Arch Biochem Biophys, 318(2), Apr 20, 1995, p 439-445
2. Casaril M; Stanzial AM; Gabrielli GB; Capra F; Zenari L; Galassini S; Moschini G; Liu NQ; Corrocher R: Serum Selenium in liver cirrhosis: correlation with markers of fibrosis, Clin Chim Acta: 182:2:221-7 (1989)
3. Flora K; Hahn M; Rosen H; Benner K: Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) for the therapy of liver disease, American Journal of Gastroenterology: 93:2:139-43 (1998)

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