Vitamin E is an important fat-soluble vitamin that has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. These properties positively impact fatty liver disease, but research is inconclusive.
As its name would suggest, fatty liver disease
This article discusses what fatty liver disease is and how vitamin E may help to manage the condition. It also explores established treatment options for fatty liver disease before answering some common questions about vitamin E and the liver.
Fatty liver disease, or , is a condition where too much fat accumulates in a person’s liver. This fat accumulation does not arise due to alcohol consumption. There are
- Nonalcoholic fatty liver (NAFL): People with NAFL have an abnormal amount of fat in their liver but do not experience liver damage from the “ballooning” of their liver cells. Ballooning is a term to describe liver cell swelling and enlargement.
- Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH): People with NASH also have an abnormal quantity of liver fat. However, these individuals also have damaged liver cells due to inflammation or ballooning.
Learn more about the differences between NAFL, NAFLD, and NASH here.
However, researchers may find it difficult to draw definitive conclusions about the efficacy of vitamin E treatment for NAFLD. This is because different studies use different methods, vary in quality, and often provide conflicting results.
For instance, a 2018 review concluded that vitamin E supplementation
After finding that vitamin E
A 2019 review suggested that adults with NAFLD may benefit from taking vitamin E supplements and other lifestyle changes, such as losing weight. Benefits of taking vitamin E supplements may include:
- low levels of certain liver enzymes in the bloodstream
- improvement in body mass index (BMI)
- less inflammation in the liver
- improvement in liver fibrosis
The authors of the review noted that children may not benefit from taking vitamin E supplements.
Further high quality research is needed to determine the efficacy of vitamin E in treating NAFLD. However, there are other treatment options for people with NAFLD.
A common treatment doctors
Weight loss can be an effective treatment in the earlier stages of NAFLD, alongside abstinence from alcohol and drugs that may cause liver damage.
For people with advanced disease and cirrhosis, doctors may suggest a liver transplant.
Below are some of the most common questions about vitamin E and fatty liver.
Can vitamin E damage the liver?
Current research does not indicate that vitamin E damages the liver.
However, scientists are still investigating the effects of vitamin E on the liver.
What vitamins are good for fatty liver?
There is some evidence that vitamin E could have a
A person should work with their healthcare team to develop a diet, exercise, and supplement regimen specific to their needs.
How can I remove fat from my liver?
Vitamin E has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that may have a positive impact on fatty liver disease.
However, research is ongoing and has indicated mixed results. Many researchers state that further investigation is needed before confirming the efficacy of vitamin E as a treatment for NAFLD.
There is a range of other options for people with NAFLD. A person should speak with a doctor for further information about NAFLD treatment.