Benefits of vitamin E for liver health
- Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin.
- Owing to its antioxidant properties, it can aid liver health.
- Large doses of the vitamin can cause complications.
- Talk to your doctor before taking vitamin E supplements.
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin known to boost immunity, fight free radicals and prevent damage to body's cells. A popular antioxidant for decades now, vitamin E is mainly found in oils, nuts and seeds.
What researches say about this super vitamin
A research suggests that vitamin E could play significant role in treating a fatty liver and improving liver health. Published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the study discovered that the vitamin has a therapeutic effect on fatty liver disease.
Researchers from the Virginia Commonwealth University conducted a trial on adults with advanced fatty liver disease to check if antioxidants can prevent non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). They believed that antioxidants could reduce liver damage caused by oxidation, a process in which unstable oxygen molecules damage cell membranes.
In the study, subjects were randomly assigned to take a high dose of vitamin E (800 International Units), the diabetes drug Actos or a placebo for nearly two years. The drug was used to prevent liver cell deterioration.
Biopsies were taken before and after the treatment to measure change in liver function.Liver function of those who took vitamin E improved the most. The results of the study concluded that adults with advanced nonalcoholic fatty liver disease can prevent worsening of their condition with vitamin E supplementation.
Fatty liver and precautions
Fatty liver or steatosis is an accumulation of fat in the liver that typically does not cause liver damage. It can lead to advanced liver disease and often goes unnoticed until it has advanced to a more serious stage.
Vitamin E’s properties don’t make supplementing it a good choice. Large doses of vitamin E are known to thin the blood, thus, increasing risk of bleeding and stroke. To improve liver health, you should increase vitamin E dosage under the close supervision of a doctor.
Some of the best dietary sources of vitamin E are eggs, fortified cereals, fruit, green leafy vegetables, nuts, poultry, vegetable oils and whole grains.
Before those with fatty liver condition start loading up on vitamin E, understand the risks and work with your doctor to know how to go about it.
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Source: Onlymyhealth editorial team Jul 27, 2015
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