for Veterans and the Public
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Are there supplements that are bad for my liver?
Taking too many vitamin and mineral supplements may do more harm than good to a damaged liver.
- Avoid taking too much vitamin A.
- Do not take protein or amino acid supplements.
- Avoid iron supplements unless your doctor prescribes them. Excess iron can build up in the liver and speed up damage.
- If you have cirrhosis and your liver is not working, you may have to avoid substances such as steroids, acetaminophen, birth control pills, cortisone, barbiturates, and many other drugs.