Hepatitis C is a virial Diseas that leads to swealling and inflammation of the liver. Hepatitic C infection is caused by Hepatitis C Virus. You can catch hepatitis C if the the blood of someone who has hepatitis C enters your body. Exposure may occur:
After a needle stick or sharps injury
People at risk of hepatitis C are those who:
Inject street drugs or share a needle with someone who has hepatitis C
Have been on long-term kidney Dialysis
Have regular contact with blood at work (such as a health care worker)
Have unprotected sexual contact with a person who has hepatitis C
Were born to a mother who had hepatitis C
Received a tattoo or acupuncture with needles that were not disinfected properly after being used on another person (risk is very low with practitioners who have a tattoo license or permit or an acupuncture license)
Received an organ transplant from a donor who has hepatitis C
Share personal items, such as toothbrushes and razors, with someone who has hepatitis C (less common)
Received a blood transfusion (rare in the U.S. since blood screening became available in 1992)
Most people who are recently infected with hepC do not have symptoms. Some people have yellowing of the kin (jaundice) that goes away. Chronic infection often causes no symptoms. But tiredness, skin disorders and other problems can occur. Persons who have long-term (chronic) infection often have no symptoms until their liver becomes scarred (cirrhosis). Most people with this condition are ill and have many health problems.
The following symptoms may occur with hep c infection:
Pain in the right upper abdomen
Abdominal swelling due to fluid (ascites)
Clay-colored or pale stools
- Dark urine
Loss of appetite
Nausea and vomiting
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 3.2 million Americans are infected with Hepatitis C (HCV), and because the symptoms can be silent, many don’t even know they have it! It attacks the liver, and if left untreated can evolve into cirrhosis (scarring of the liver) or liver cancer. Fortunately, chlorella, a green, plant-like algae, is a demonstrated weapon against the disease… and a safeguard if you haven’t been diagnosed.
Researchers from Northgate Hospital in Springfield Massachusetts treated 18 chronic HCV patients with chlorella for three months. They used a control group made up of 26 HCV patients treated conventionally with interferon, a drug used to boost the immune system and fight infectious diseases. Subjects were given 1000 milligrams of chlorella the first week, followed by 1500 milligrams in subsequent weeks and added to 30 milliliters of chlorella liquid.
To track the effects of chlorella on HCV, researchers measured the levels of 2 enzymes in the liver—aspartate aminotransferase (AST) and alanine aminotransferase (ALT)—at the beginning and end of the 12-week trial. These liver enzymes spike when the liver is besieged by infection or chemical toxicity. After a three-month treatment of chlorella, however, 70% of patients saw a reduction in AST levels, and the majority of patients exhibited lower ALT levels as well.
Results also showed an improvement in the patients’ immune systems. Researchers measured genetic changes in viral RNA levels, which tell of the degree and strength of the infection and viral load. Dramatic improvement was noted.
Meanwhile, how did the control group treated with interferon do? Those patients experienced no decrease in liver enzymes and no boost of the immune system.
Wait let’s not forget sprulina!!
Chlorella isn’t the only algae proven effective against HCV. A six-month study conducted by Egyptian researchers in 2012 showed that spirulina, a blue-green algae, was able to lower liver enzymes, particularly AST, and improve HCV symptoms more effectively than silymarin, the active HCV-fighting compound in milk thistle.
Both chlorella and spirulina boast remarkable health-enhancing properties. Spirulina has about 25% more protein by weight than chlorella, but they each contain 20 amino acids and a plenitude of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. Consider adding chlorella or spirulina in the form of a capsule or powder to your daily vitamin regimen to ensure optimal health and wellness.