Vitamin E significantly improves liver function for fatty liver disease patients

Due to the drastic increase in global obesity, the prevalence of a related liver condition known as non-alcoholic fatty liver diseases (NAFLD) is skyrocketing.

Not surprisingly, experts are referring to the increased rates of NAFLD as one of the most important global public health issues of the 21st century.

Fortunately there is hope. Though it is easier said than done, this health challenge can be addressed with proper education, weight loss, diet change, and ensuring adequate intake of the right nutrients.

One of these critical nutrients appears to be vitamin E.

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A recent study, published in the journal Nutrition, found that vitamin E can significantly improve liver function in patients with NAFLD.

According to Nutrition, the researchers determined vitamin E “improved serum biochemical parameters and hepatic histology in NAFLD.”

Going even further, the researchers reported that vitamin E also improved hepatic fibrosis, inflammation and ballooning.

The study was conducted at the Aichi Medical University in Japan.

This latest research is somewhat different than the majority of research conducted on vitamin E benefits. Most recent studies have focused on vitamin E’s link to brain health. A 2014 study conducted at the Oregon State University in Corvallis determined that vitamin E helps maintain adequate levels of DHA in the brain. (DHA is a critical component of cell membrane.)

Sources: Nutrition, Journal of Lipid Research.

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