Maybe. Some studies show that vitamin E can help in treating NAFLD. Lifestyle changes such as diet, exercise, and weight loss can decrease liver damage in NAFLD.
Clinical trials state that in addition to the protective role of vitamin E as an antioxidant, it is also found that it decreases levels of plasma α-tocopherol among NASH patients as compared to healthy controls, forming a theoretical basis for its use in the treatment of NASH. The Clinical trial concluded that Vitamin E (RRR-α-tocopherol) at a dose of 800 IU/day is only recommended in non-diabetic and non-cirrhotic adults with active NASH on histology. The role of vitamin E therapy in children needs further validation and the potential risks and benefits of vitamin E must be balanced before starting treatment. Large trials along with longer follow-up in NASH patients are needed to assess the long-term safety and therapeutic value of vitamin E on patient-oriented clinical outcomes.
Another study concluded that Vitamin E should be considered first-line therapy for the treatment of NAFLD because several clinical studies have shown that a dose of 800 IU/day improves the histology of non-diabetic adults suffering from NASH even when there is no significant impact on fibrosis. These results were confirmed by biopsies. Despite the proven benefits of the use of this drug, it is important to be aware that its use cannot replace changes in diet and exercise. Instead, it should be seen as a complement to these measures.
In their 2017 guide, the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) recommends a daily dose of 800 international units of vitamin E per day for people with NAFLD who don’t have diabetes and have confirmed Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH), an advanced form of NAFLD.
Like many other supplements, there are some risks associated with taking a high dose of vitamin E too. Consult your doctor to find out whether vitamin E is right for you and whether it can help with your NAFLD.
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