FAQs about Essentiale
What is the recommended dosage of Essentiale?
Essentiale is recommended to be taken orally as 2 capsules 3 times a day.
Why should I take Essentiale?
o A healthy liver can regenerate itself by absorbing essential phospholipids or EPLs which are the building blocks of the liver cell membrane. However, unhealthy lifestyle can hurt the liver and cause liver cells to lose phospholipids. Preclinical research has proven that taking a supplement of EPLs can help to protect the liver.*.
o Essentiale contains 300 mg of essential phospholipids (EPLs) that work by restoring normal cell membrane* to help support the vital liver functions.
EPLs is found to help improve symptoms of liver disorders**.
*As shown in experimentally induced-liver cell damage
**Gundermann KJ et al. Activity of essential phospholipids (EPL) from soybean in liver diseases. Institute of Pharmacology Polish Academy of Sciences, Pharmalogical Reports 2011, 63, 643-659.
How does Essentiale differ from copy EPL?
How does Essentiale differ from Silymarin?
• Essentiale is made up of essential phospholipids derived from soya beans. It works to support the liver by restructuring / repairing damaged liver cell membrane caused by viral hepatitis, fatty liver and liver disease from diabetes, obesity or alcohol.
• Silymarin is derived from a plant called milk thistle. By its antioxidant action it helps to reduce or prevent liver damage caused by alcohol, poisonous mushrooms, drugs and other harmful substances.
* As shown in experimentally induced-liver cell damage
FAQs about Liver Health
How can I ensure that my liver stays healthy?
A. Our liver is silent partner in maintaining health, it doesn’t complain until the damage is far advanced. It is so important that we can survive only one or two days if it shuts down, “if the liver fails, your body will fail too.” To take care of your liver, prevention is better than cure. Lifestyle factors such as unhealthy diet, alcohol, smoking and obesity can affect the functions of the liver. Make sure you take medications only as prescribed by your doctor. Start taking care of your liver now ”.
Start by taking care of your liver now. Consult regularly with your doctor. He will monitor your liver through some laboratory tests and may advise protection through vaccination, as well. See our tab on how to take care of your liver for more details.
What happens during a liver check-up?
Usually, the following can happen:
a) Exhaustive medical and family history:
The patient’s lifestyle will be explored as to diet, intake of fatty foods, alcohol, medicines, along with history of illnesses.
b) Physical examination:
While you are lying down, the doctor will carefully examine your abdomen towards the upper right part to assess for tenderness and size of the liver.
c) Blood test:
In particular, these check for indicators of liver damage such as elevation of certain liver enzymes.
You may be asked to have an ultrasound or CT scan of your liver for further assessment.
FAQs about Liver Diseases
What is hepatitis? What causes hepatitis?
Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver. In some cases it can resolve, but in some cases it can progress to fibrosis (scarring) and cirrhosis.
Hepatitis can be caused by viruses, toxins (notably alcohol and certain medications), other infections and autoimmune diseases.
What is the difference of hepatitis A vs hepatitis B?
| How common is it? |
Hepatitis A is the most common of the viral types of hepatitis
The prevalence of Hepatitis B is different in different parts of the world. Low prevalence areas (0.1-2%) are Western Europe, United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Intermediate prevalence (3-5%) are the Mediterranean
countries, Japan, Central Asia, the Middle East, and Latin and South America. High prevalence areas (10-20%) are southeast Asia, China, and sub-Saharan Africa.
| How is it spread? |
You can catch Hepatitis A if you eat or drink food or water contaminated with the Hepatitis A virus. Contamination usually happens when an infected person fails to wash his hands thoroughly after using the bathroom and goes about preparing food or water. This way, infected body fluids like stool, blood or saliva get into the food or water which are inadvertently drank by another, causing infection to spread.
Hepatitis A can also be spread if you participate in sexual practices that involve oral-anal contact. Again, body fluids are exchanged causing infection to spread.
Hepatitis B infection can be spread through contact with the blood, semen, vaginal fluids, and other body fluids of someone who already has hepatitis B.
Infection can be spread through:
- Blood transfusions
- Direct contact with blood in health care settings
- Sexual contact with an infected person
- Tattoo or acupuncture with unclean needles or instruments
- Shared needles during drug use
- Shared personal items (such as toothbrushes, razors, and nail clippers) with an infected person
The hepatitis B virus can be passed to an infant during childbirth if the mother is infected.
| Treatment |
Most people fight off the virus naturally within a few months. Patients should avoid alcohol intake during this time to avoid further liver injury.
For most patients with hepatitis B. symptoms will not be severe and treatment will not be required. However, patients should be monitored by a specialist. After a few months the patient’s immune system should fight off the virus.
In some, especially younger patients, HBV infection will persist and become chronic.
Antiviral medication is given as treatment to those with chronic symptoms to help prevent further liver damage. These medications may be injected or given in pill form.
Patients should avoid alcohol, get plenty of rest and eat a healthy diet.
If I am vaccinated for hepatitis A or B, is it for a lifetime?
Hepatitis A vaccination is likely to be effective for over 20 years, possibly lifelong.
Hepatitis B vaccination usually offers protection for about 5 years and then needs a booster.
Is Fatty liver reversible?
Fatty liver is reversible if caught early and the cause is treated (e.g. stop drinking alcohol, treat metabolic syndrome). However if it progresses and the liver is inflamed, this can lead to permanent damage.
What are the causes of Fatty Liver?
Fatty liver is commonly associated with alcohol intake or metabolic syndrome (diabetes, hypertension, obesity and dyslipidemia).
What is liver cirrhosis?
Cirrhosis is scarring of the liver that happens because of chronic liver disease. The most common causes are alcohol abuse, viral hepatitis infection and fatty liver. Other causes include toxins (e.g. certain medications) and autoimmune disorders.
Is liver cirrhosis curable?
Sadly, cirrhosis cannot be cured, but progression of the disease can be slowed down by treating the cause. E.g. not drinking any alcohol, or taking antiviral medications, or maintaining a good diet.