Benefits of vitamin E for liver health

Updated at: Jul 27, 2015
Benefits of vitamin E for liver health

If you have a fatty liver, you should consider vitamin E supplements. A research suggests that vitamin E has a therapeutic effect on non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

Himanshu Sharma
Mind BodyWritten by: Himanshu SharmaPublished at: Jul 27, 2015

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.


vitamin e for liver


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.


Natural sources

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.


Read more articles on Healthy Living.


All possible measures have been taken to ensure accuracy, reliability, timeliness and authenticity of the information; however does not take any liability for the same. Using any information provided by the website is solely at the viewers’ discretion. In case of any medical exigencies/ persistent health issues, we advise you to seek a qualified medical practitioner before putting to use any advice/tips given by our team or any third party in form of answers/comments on the above mentioned website.

This website uses cookie or similar technologies, to enhance your browsing experience and provide personalised recommendations. By continuing to use our website, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. OK