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Can Certain Foods Remove Gallstones?

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Can Certain Foods Remove Gallstones?
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Gallstones occur when there is too much cholesterol or too much of a substance called bilirubin in your gallbladder. While certain dietary factors may make it more or less likely you develop these stones, no food can actually get rid of gallstones. Gallstones that don't cause symptoms don't need to be treated, as most are small enough to pass out of the body without problems. The removal of the gallbladder is the most common treatment for those causing symptoms, but they can also be dissolved using medication or shock waves.

Diet and Gallstones

While no food will remove gallstones, the University of Maryland Medical Center notes that eating foods high in antioxidants, fiber, iron and B vitamins and avoiding any suspected allergens, alcohol and foods containing trans fats may help reduce your symptoms. Eating less red meat and using healthy cooking oils, such as coconut oil or olive oil, may also be beneficial. A vegetarian diet, fiber, caffeine and unsaturated fats may help prevent gallstones, notes an article published in "Alternative Medicine Review" in 2009, while a diet high in saturated fat, cholesterol, trans fats, refined sugar and legumes may increase your risk for gallstones.

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