Can Green Tea and Other Herbs Hurt Your Liver?

Beware of certain supplements.

If you have liver disease, you may be looking for ways to improve your health. There's a lot you can do to feel better, like eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly. While taking vitamins, herbs and minerals may sound healthy, did you know that some can actually hurt your liver? Take a look at a few supplements you may want to avoid.

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