When you have been diagnosed with hepatitis C you will naturally have a lot of questions.

Most of these will probably be directed to doctor, about your medical care. You will need to know what course of treatment you need to take.

You might need reassurance that hep C is curable and that treatment is far more palatable than it used to be.

However, you may also have other questions, which your doctor or care provider either can’t answer, or it hasn’t occurred to you to ask yet.

These are more general questions about what you should be doing to look after yourself and more specifically, what foods you should eat or drink.

HERBS CAN HELP

The fact is that hep C is not so different to any other virus – and there are things you can do to help your body to fight it.

MILK THISTLE

You have probably already heard of milk thistle. This is a member of the daisy family and is renowned for its liver healing properties.

It acts as an anti-inflammatory and can help with detoxing the liver.

It is a powerful antioxidant and may even help with hepatocellular carcinoma.

Whilst it is true that not everyone is unanimous about its healing qualities, taking milk thistle is not going to hurt you.

Milk thistle is usually taken in supplement form

GREEN TEA

Green tea has long been known as a good thing in general, and even, as a super food.

However, there is even more to green tea’s list of credentials – it may aid people with hep C.

The high level of antioxidant found in green tea may help to protect the liver to some degree. It may assist with the potential development of cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma, amongst others.

You may be aware of some controversy regarding green tea supplements and liver toxicity.

However, this is really only found in the extracts and supplements – not in the moderate consumption of green tea itself.

Obviously, you can drink green tea, but also add it to baked goods and even sprinkle it into your cereal!

TURMERIC

This spice is used extensively in Indian, Asian and Middle East cuisine.

Not only does it give your curry a kick, but it can help detoxify the liver.

It can bring benefits to the hepatobiliary system and remove toxins from the body.

It may bring specific benefits to sufferers of hep C by preventing the cell transmission of the virus.

Add turmeric to your cooking or take it as a supplement if needed. There are no known dangers of taking turmeric.