And another virus bites the dust. Hepatitis C is a serious virus that infects the liver and can cause scarring, cirrhosis, and even cancer of the liver. It is a serious disease with only about a 50% cure rate. Liver failures that result in a liver transplant will typically still have the disease.
Before I jump right into the news story let’s consider an old salty warrior that I know that spent 25 years in the military. He had multiple tours in Vietnam and spent his career in locations all over the world. He has suffered many diseases including tuberculosis that in combination of the drugs that were used to cure the TB had a serious negative impact on his liver and his lung capacity. After being on vitamin D3 at about 6000 IU per day for two years his liver markers are now completely normal. His lung capacity has also returned to normal. So what are we to make of this? I know that my own liver markers were way out of normal and returned to normal after the first year on vitamin D.
Evidently vitamin D is really good for your liver!
This story was reported in Empowher which is a women’s health online site. In the test that was discuss patients were given vitamin D in a test that was to show the difference in interferon treatments. At the 12 th week of treatment the vitamin D group was 96% HCV RNA negative as compared to the control group which was 48% HCV RNA negative. “Vitamin D Boost Treatment of Chronic Hepatitis C”
This is really good news for people that are suffering from liver disease as it may be that vitamin D has a significant impact on recovery of the liver both from disease and abuse by drugs and alcohol. Who knows maybe it could even help those people that have taken too much acetaminophen. In any case there is no reason for people to die that are not vitamin D replete. Why take the chance of not taking vitamin D when the benefits could be so great and there is no down side.