Vitamin E May Help Improve Liver Function in People With NAFLD
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is characterized by the build-up of fat in the liver of people who drink very little or no alcohol, and can be a complication of metabolic syndrome. A recent study suggests that supplementation with vitamin E may significantly improve liver function in people suffering from NAFLD, including non-alcoholic steatohepatisis (NASH).
NASH causes liver cirrhosis, which is scarring of the liver and subsequent loss of function due to long-term damage. It can develop into hepatocellular carcinoma, the most common type of liver cancer. The most characteristic feature of NASH is hepatocellular ballooning, which involves the increase in size and eventual death of liver cells.
The researchers examined data from five studies and found that vitamin E intake was associated with improved blood biochemical parameters and hepatic histology in people with NAFLD/NASH. They also found that it was associated with improved hepatic fibrosis, inflammation, and ballooning.
Researchers from Aichi Medical University in Japan conducted the study. It was published in the July-August 2015 issue of Nutrition.
Vitamin E has eight different forms: four tocopherols (alpha, beta, gamma, delta) and four tocotrienols (alpha, beta, gamma, delta) and has been shown to help many aspects of the body.
Previous studies have shown that vitamin E intake is associated with lower cholesterol, healthier skin, maintaining a proper hormonal balance, and help reduce the risk of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
If you’re looking to add more vitamin E to your diet, try eating more sunflower seeds, breakfast cereal, tomatoes, dried herbs, and dried apricots.