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What foods should you avoid if you have hepatitis C?

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In general, good nutrition may help your liver form new cells. But if you have hepatitis C, there are some foods to avoid or eat less of. If you have cirrhosis, your doctor will let you know how much protein you need. When you're in the late stages of this condition, protein can be hard for your liver to process. Then toxins can build up and interfere with how your brain works. Also, avoid foods like these:

  • Raw oysters or shellfish, which can have bacteria that give you serious infections that are more severe if you have hep C
  • Fatty, sugary foods, which can stress your liver or lead to fat deposits in it
  • Salty foods if you have fluid buildup in your belly or legs

SOURCES:

Project Inform: "Towards a healthy liver."

CDC: "Hepatitis C: Living with Chronic Hepatitis C."

American College of Gastroenterology: "Medications and the Liver."

HCRC VA Hepatitis C Resource Centers: "Cirrhosis: A Patient's Guide."

Hepatitis Foundation International: "Caution! Herbs and Nutritional Supplements."

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "What I need to know about cirrhosis."

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on May 1, 2019

SOURCES:

Project Inform: "Towards a healthy liver."

CDC: "Hepatitis C: Living with Chronic Hepatitis C."

American College of Gastroenterology: "Medications and the Liver."

HCRC VA Hepatitis C Resource Centers: "Cirrhosis: A Patient's Guide."

Hepatitis Foundation International: "Caution! Herbs and Nutritional Supplements."

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "What I need to know about cirrhosis."

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on May 1, 2019

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