Gallstones: how to avoid gallstones

More than 20 million. Americans suffer from gallstones, and more than 2/3 of them are women. Until recently, doctors had no idea how to prevent gall stones, but now four studies have shown that in women increased amounts of vitamin C-intake can diminish risk of biliary diseases (vitamin C cannot, however, remove gallstones that have already been formed).

Most gallstones are composed of cholesterol, says Joel Simon, M.D., Assistant professor of medicine and epidemiology at the University of California at San Francisco. Vitamin C may be a contributing factor in the breakdown of cholesterol.

Dr. Simon estimates that a daily dose of between 200 and 250 mg of vitamin C is enough. It is easy to get this dose, if you eat the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables every day – otherwise you have the opportunity to take vitamin C as a dietary supplement.

Vitamin C also has offer benefits, such as vitamin C can help improve the immune system

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