What are the benefits of taking these products?
The HepTech System provides broad protection for liver health due to its protective effect against oxidative damage and its effect on improving cell membrane fluidity. The HepTech System protects cellular organelles, enzymes, and cell membrane from oxidative damage. Its anti-fibrotic effect (reversal of fibrosis and cirrhosis) results from its antioxidant action, which slows the conversion of stellate cell conversion to myofibroblasts. Myofibroblasts conversion is necessary as a response to hepatic cell damage. Their purpose is scar formation, to repair tissue after a physical injury. But, in the case of viral, toxic, or alcoholic inflammation, there is no wound to repair. The myofibroblast secretes fibrin inappropriately/unnecessarily. The fibrin accumulates between cells, and gradually forms Fibrosis/Cirrhosis. The oxidative protection extends to the cells of other organs and tissues, such as the vessels and brain, where inflammation is implicated in vascular disease and dementia.. The PPC (Polyenol Phosphatidyl Choline) in HeptoShield incorporates into the cells’ outer membranes and organelles to improve cellular fluidity. This allows for movement and proper function of the enzymes embedded within the cell membrane and organelles. When the rate of oxidative damage and fibrin formation slows sufficiently, the liver cells’ repair of enzymes and dissolving of fibrin exceeds the rate of new formation. Thus, liver fibrosis and cirrhosis can reverse. An important aspect of the function of the HepTech system is a comprehensive protocol that also targets by downregulation of NFkappaB activation, the triggers of scar tissue formation (fibrosis/cirrhosis) in the liver.
How do I start taking my supplements?
Each person responds differently to taking a new natural supplement. Most people will have no problems with starting this supplement combination at the recommended doses. However, some people may be more sensitive and benefit by starting at a lower dose and increasing slowly, allowing the body more time to adapt and adjust to the protocol's beneficial effects.
How long should I expect to have to take this product before I start to notice an effect?
Every improvement in lifestyle and nutrition adds up to help you start feeling better. We recommend that you pair diet and exercise with the nutraceutical liver support system. By the end of the first month many patients notice a difference, feel better, and are able to do more. Many patients feel an immediate increase in energy due to the protective effect of the HepTech nutrients.
Are there any side effects to taking this product?
All of the ingredients in the HepTech Comprehensive Protocol are GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe) by the FDA. Many of the nutrients are endogenous substances the body manufactures on its own. Therefore, there have been few adverse events reported. Any adverse events should be reported immediately to your physician, who will notify us.
Will I be able to take this product forever?
Since all ingredients used are safe and without major side effects, there is no time limit on its use and usefulness for an individual.
Why are the products priced as they are?
The HepTech System contains 38 different GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe) nutrients, each one proven effective in enhancing antioxidant activity and/or liver metabolism. Each nutrient was proven effective by research study at a given dose. The HepTech System has been formulated to deliver the full therapeutic doses as determined by credible scientific studies. If a patient were to purchase the same nutrients individually at retail prices, they could cost over twice the HepTech price. And, given the variability in nutrient quality from various manufacturers, independent sourcing may produce suboptimal results.
Why should I use your product and not another product?
The HepTech System uses high quality nutrients, and its mode of action is based upon a theory of liver health and pathology which has proven effective in stopping/reversing fibrosis and allowing liver regeneration. We know of no other protocol that duplicates the strategy upon which the HepTech System is based.
Are there any other benefits to taking this product?
We may realistically expect a variety of health protective benefits due to the HepTech System’s anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and cell membrane fluidity effects. Protective effects may extend to renal, cardiovascular and neurological function due to the reduction in inflammatory damage to the delicate endothelial and neurological tissue. With the repletion of the energy nutrients, the patient may note a general increase in mental and physical energy levels. The calming of nerve irritation may result in an overall sense of well being.
Are your products a cure for Hepatitis?
No, the HepTech System is not a cure for viral hepatitis, as it has no antiviral action. However, the HepTech System will ameliorate the symptoms of hepatitis and effectively inhibit fibrosis development. The HepTech System may also increase feelings of well-being and energy, due to its support of detoxification, mitochondrial energy production, and inflammation control.
May I purchase the products directly?
No, HepTech is a Medical Food and must be prescribed by a physician. To find a physician provider in your area please use the Google Map Physician finder (click) on our home page, or call our toll free number for assistance in finding a participating physician.
How do I know if I am making progress?
Besides feelings of well-being, which are subjective, there are two objective methods to measure liver fibrosis/cirrhosis:
1) Fibroscan: A non-invasive technique is available using a FibroScan (http://www.echosens.com/) machine. The Fibroscan sends a sonic pulse into the liver and measures the reflection time for the echo. This reading correlates with liver stiffness and fibrosis stage. The Fibroscan machine is now available in many larger hospital laboratories. We recommend performing a FibroScan test prior to initiation of therapy, and then followed by periodic follow-ups to track progress.
2) Liver Biopsy: This test is painful and potentially damaging. Still, liver biopsy provides detailed information about cellular pathology unavailable from other testing method. Thus liver biopsy remains the "gold standard" of fibrosis staging. It cannot be used to monitor short term progress with the HepTech System as biopsies should be performed only every 3-5 years.