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Diagnosed With HCV, Taking Garlic In Daily Diet To Combat Disease, LFT Reports Showed Elevated Bilrubin. Is It Due To Garlic Intake?

Dear Sir, i have been diagnozed with HCV . somewhere on internet i studied useful effects of garlic for treatment of ascites . as such i started using 6-10 flanks of garlic each time with meal. a couple of days ago i got laboratory report of LFT which indicates my bilirubin level increased to 2.5 while it should be less than 1. i am worried about my health. i wonder that excessive use of garlic increased my biliribum level or otherwise, please help
Mon, 21 Apr 2014
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garlic should not cause elevation of your liver tests.
it is probably the hepatitis C virus damaging your liver. If you have ascites, you then have cirrhosis of the liver, and garlic may help some people, but it will not cure you. You should see a liver doctor (gastroenterologist or hepatologist), and even seek consultation for a liver transplant in the future.
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Diagnosed With HCV, Taking Garlic In Daily Diet To Combat Disease, LFT Reports Showed Elevated Bilrubin. Is It Due To Garlic Intake?

garlic should not cause elevation of your liver tests. it is probably the hepatitis C virus damaging your liver. If you have ascites, you then have cirrhosis of the liver, and garlic may help some people, but it will not cure you. You should see a liver doctor (gastroenterologist or hepatologist), and even seek consultation for a liver transplant in the future.