My Integrative med dr at Memorial Sloan Kettering put me on Milk Thistle. That helped me lower my liver enzymes a lot. She had me start at 150 mg twice a day, and then after a week add a second pill in the morning; then another week later, add a second in the evening. She recommends the Jarrow Milk Thistle (and for the most part, she does not specify brands when recommending supplements. However, she was insistent on this one.)
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How do I lower my liver enzymes?
Asked by Littlehouse on Wednesday, November 7, 2012
How do I lower my liver enzymes?
I had breast cancer a year ago and did chemo the first 6 months of this year. Went back for my 6 month check up with oncologist and all blood tests were fine but my Liver enzyme was slightly elevated? Is there anything I can do for this? She wants me back to have second blood test done, but just wondered what I could eat/drink that may help this? I don't take but one pill (synthroid)a day. But I am obese in stature? Any thoughts?
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First and foremost you need to remember that most blood tests are diagnostic tools to help discover a medical issue that may need treatment. In other words, high liver enzymes are a symptom of something. You can alleviate the symptom but that doesn't necessarily eliminate the cause. So the goal is not just to get you lever enzymes back into the "normal" range, but to determine what is the underlying cause of them being too high. Masking the symptom may hinder finding the cause. Treatment is based on the cause of the elevated enzymes.
Obesity is one possible cause so losing weight with a mix of balanced diet and exercise would certainly help in any case and for many reasons other than liver function. But it could also be from cirrhosis, hepatitis, or other possibilities which would need additional treatment. It can also be cause by other drugs including alcohol, prescription and OTC drugs and supplements. So taking any addition drugs or supplements could do more harm than good, unless prescribed by your doctor. Long term use of alcohol and NSAIDs are particularly had on the liver. Cigarette smoke, paint fumes, and other environmental contaminants also put more strain on your liver.
Bottom line is that liver damage is not something you can or should self medicate for. The more work you put on your liver to process food, chemicals, drugs, toxins, etc. will create more damage. Bottom line is don't change anything just to mask liver damage by manipulating your enzyme count for a followup blood test. You are only hurting yourself by doing that.
Elevated liver enzymes could just be the result of a "fatty liver". A simple ultrasound can diagnose this. Of course there are other things that cause elevated liver enzymes but a fatty liver is the most common. Speak with your Dr, he'll know how to best address this. With me, I made some changes to my diet and lost some weight and the enzymes returned to normal.
I believe that I have something that could help you! I have had three doctors including my cancer doctor and, all three have said the same thing it's really good stuff and, the one is condsidering incorporationg it into his practice. It's called Zeal I would like to share it with everyone expecially the cancer patients. If I can help you please just let me know! there are so many testimonies about this product and, how it's helped them!!!!!!!!!!
Good morning ! I'm Pam and, I have been an ovarian cancer patient for the last five years and, it was not until I was a patient at the Cancer Centers of America that I learned about the value of supplements! I have been looking for five years and, I think that I have found a good prouduct it's called Zeal!!!!!!!! i have had my cancer doctor take a look at it and, he said this is really good stuff! I have also had two other doctors take a look at it and, they have said the same thing it's really good stuff! As a matter of fact one of the doctors is considering to incorporate it in his pratice. The stuff is wonderful ! I have put my mom on it and, you just could not believe the transformation that it has made in her life! My mom is a breast cancer survior for 9 years now!!!!! I think when you get to this stage in your life you having nothing to loose!!!!!!!!! I would love to see you try it ! If you have any questions please feel free to ask me!!!!!!!!!!!
Let me answer with my second thought first because I read the note from the woman with "Zeal". Then I looked on the "Zeal for Life" website at the list of ingredients. Please do not willy nilly start taking pills and potions. Amongst the ingredients of this little suggestion is ashwaganda. Please check the serious contraindications for taking this product:
This little herb is NOT for someone who is having problems with either liver or thyroid.
Since you say you are obese, it would seem that would be the first thing to address and that would mean a total change in how you eat and live. Are you up to it? Heck, you just went through cancer tortures, er, treats, and you are capable of just about anything once you put your mind to it.
I don't know a thing about synthoid (isn't it for thyroid?) but an improper dosage can make you somewhat sick and cause you to gain weight and lose energy.. Finding a proper dosage is trial and error. There are natural pills to correct hypothyroidism. Why not ask your doc about them?
Besides a drastic change in diet (much more uncooked greens and fruit and some particular ones at that), you really need to find out the cause of these elevated liver enzymes. It is not normal. Taking milk thistle and NACL will mask the problem but not get to the root cause even though (I believe) milk thistle is liver protective.
About 10 months after cancer being made kaput and 3 months after starting a regimen meant to strengthen me, I reached a plateau which was far below what I considered normal. I went back to the docs and had to fight and argue in order to get more blood tests which eventually revealed I had hcv. I thought about all the blood which was taken while I was under the doctor's care and asked how it was possible that either they had missed it or had missed telling me about the problem. The response was stupefying. "We thought you already knew."
Be insistent and find out what is troubling your liver.
BTW, I am a raw foodie. I believe how I eat helped to save my pitiable life.
Very best wishes for recovered good health.
Please ask your doctor to test you for the Hepatitis C virus (HCV). You should be screened for this just in case. The CDC now recommends that everyone in the "baby boom" generation be screened for HCV, it is a silent killer and it is estimated that approximately 12 million Americans have undiagnosed Hepatitis C. Often the only indication is elevated liver enzymes. Hepatitis C can be cured but left untreated it will damage your liver and lead to cirrhosis. It is the leading cause of primary liver cancer (HCC) and the majority of liver transplants in the USA are the result of Hepatitis C. Its a simple blood test to check for antibodies to the virus. If that test comes back positive you should then have a viral load test to see if you have active virus.
Please get the test. It can save your life.
It has been awhile since we have heard from you. I hope you are well and not having to go to the Doctor constantly. Were you able to lower your liver enzymes?
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