Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for March 03, 2007

So does a zinc deficiency effect the function of the liver? Yup, it sure does and it can effect the kidneys. I wonder if my kidney pain from last week was related to the extra copper intake?

The enzyme alcohol dehydrogenase contains zinc and is essential for the conversion of alcohol to an aldehyde, thereby facilitating alcohol metabolism in the liver. The function of this enzyme and its relationship to the development of liver cirrhosis is conspicuously tied to characteristic zinc deficiencies in alcoholic patients.

In patients recovering from post-alcoholic cirrhosis, zinc supplements are an essential constituent of treatment to restore normal liver function. Liver and kidney disease are both symptoms of a zinc deficiency.

Important Nutrients

A diet high in fiber includes a wide variety of plant-based foods. The best way to increase fiber is to eat more vegetables, beans and fruit. Foods that contain vitamins C and E are important as antioxidants to protect and treat a damaged liver. B vitamins are often depleted when the liver is overworked from alcohol consumption or toxic exposure. Methionine and cysteine are sulfur-containing proteins that are known to protect the liver and aid in converting fat-soluble toxins to water-soluble substances that can be eliminated through the urine. Choline is needed to metabolize fats in the body.

Making specific dietary changes to aid your liver in detoxification can be simple. Eating a wide variety of organic vegetables, fruits, seeds, nuts, beans and whole grains gives your body the fiber and the nutrients it needs to protect and support healthy liver function.

Side Effects and Warnings

Copper toxicity is rare in the general population. Excess copper consumption may lead to liver, kidney, or neurologic damage. Excess dosing may lead to toxic symptoms including weakness, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, with more serious signs of acute toxicity including liver damage, kidney failure, pleural damage, coma, and death. It takes 3 months to lower the level of copper in the body.


March 3, 2007 - Posted by | Health | , ,

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