My daughter, 32, has just been diagnosed with Gilbert’s syndrome. The doctor has told us that it doesn’t require any medical treatment. Is there was any advice you could give to support her.
Gilbert’s syndrome is more common than you would expect and, as your doctor has informed you, it doesn’t usually warrant any specific treatment or medication.
What happens with this particular syndrome is the blood serum shows a mild increase in the level of bilirubin, the yellow pigment excreted into bile by the liver.
It is fine to have a small amount of bilirubin present in the serum, although levels are likely to increase with significant reductions in caloric intake (for example, fasting or extreme dieting), large doses of vitamin B3 (niacin), or a decent dose of the ‘flu can cause a transient fluctuation in bilirubin levels. Symptoms of increased bilirubin include mild jaundice.
Liver function tests will typically be in the normal range, despite the increase in bilirubin.However it still helps to provide this all-important organ with naturally supportive remedies.
Milk thistle (also known as St Mary’s Thistle, or Silymarin) extract is the go-to herb when it comes to liver support, and will even help to regenerate damaged liver cells.
Your daughter might also consider taking a herbal tea combination known as the Essiac blend. While this is typically used as part of a natural cancer protocol, it is also very helpful to cleanse and nourish the liver.
The ingredients usually include Slippery Elm bark, Burdock root, Turkey Rhubarb, Red Clover, and Sheep Sorrel.