A recent study out of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine has found that vitamin E may help alleviate symptoms of obesity dependent liver disease. Approximately 63 million Americans are at risk for developing obesity-related liver disease. During the study mice with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) responded favorably to vitamin E supplementation. NASH is a common complication of obesity that causes fat accumulation, inflammation and oxidative stress in the liver. It is a major cause of cirrhosis (liver tissue scarring) that can lead to liver failure and cancer. The vitamin E supplementation averted the majority of NASH-related symptoms in the mice during the study, proving that simple dietary changes may benefit at risk individuals.
The majority of American adults do not consume the recommended amount of vitamin E as established by the National Institute of Medicine. The recommended dietary allowance of vitamin E for adults is 15 milligrams daily. Nuts, seeds, vegetable oils, leafy greens and fortified breakfast cereals are all excellent sources of vitamin E.
Dr. Anne Hermann, a holistic internal medicine physician, maintains offices in Tampa and Saint Petersburg Beach, Florida. Dr. Hermann is also board certified in nutrition. Please contact the office at (813) 902-9559 for more information or to schedule an appointment.