special diet is necessary if liver function is not yet restricted. A
well-balanced and healthy diet is recommended.
People should avoid becoming overweight; and abstinence from alcohol and nicotine is important in order not
to cause the liver additional stress.
Coffee seems to have a positive
effect on the liver. Studies have shown that long-term harmful effects, such as
cirrhosis and liver cancer, occur more rarely or later in people with hepatitis
C who drink coffee. In
contrast to coffee, green tea has no influence of the progression of hepatitis
be necessary to restrict intake of certain foods if complications of cirrhosis
develop, for example, restricting salt and fluid intake in cases of ascites.
An accumulation of fluid in the abdomen; may be caused by liver damage, especially cirrhosis.
Scarring of the liver – the structure of the liver is altered. See also
‘fibrosis’, which is moderate scarring. See also ‘compensated cirrhosis’ and
in diet to manage complications of cirrhosis should be discussed on an
individual basis with a doctor or nutritionist. A low-protein diet is only
recommended very rarely these days, as this increases muscle loss and often
makes the progression of the disease worse.1 People with cirrhosis, however, can often tolerate protein
from plant sources, e.g. from vegetables, better than animal protein from meat