Vitamin E for Your Fatty Liver

David Mendosa Health Guide May 05, 2010
  • With all the ways that we have now to treat fatty liver disease I don't understand why any of us still have it. Yet most people with diabetes suffer from this potentially dangerous condition.Now we have yet another tool in our arsenal against fatty liver disease. It's a strange one. Not strange as in...

17 Comments
  • Caley
    Jun. 01, 2010

    A friend told me that she started taking fish oil 1000 mg daily and it helped control her appetite.  What are your thoughts on this?

    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      Jun. 01, 2010

      Thanks for reminding me! I forgot to take mine today and just did. I haven't heard that it controls the appetite, but it may well do that. Certainly it's wise to take fish oil to get more of the much needed omega 3 oils in our system.

       

      Best regards,

       

      David

  • KateinIowa
    Jun. 01, 2010

    Am I correct that the abstract says only non-diabetic subjects were used?  Any thoughts on how this treatment option might differ in confirmed diabetics?

    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      Jun. 01, 2010

      Dear Kate,

       

      That's correct -- and it would have been better if I had pointed that out. People with diabetes -- particularly if it is not well controlled -- could well react differently.

       

      Best regards,

       

      David

  • Anonymous
    beau10
    May. 10, 2010

    Is RRR-a-tocopherol vitamin E different than the regular supplement E? Are there any foods that would contain the E mentioned in the article? 

    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      May. 10, 2010

      This is the natural form. And foods have very little.

       

      David

    • Anonymous
      beau10
      May. 11, 2010

      At the risk of seeming dense, I lack total understanding of your return comment (thank you for your time). If the RRR... is the natural form, how can it not be available in food product? How is this procured - or is the form available and sold as a natural supplement?

      One other question: does milk thistle have the same beneficial effect upon the liver as the...

      RHMLucky777

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      At the risk of seeming dense, I lack total understanding of your return comment (thank you for your time). If the RRR... is the natural form, how can it not be available in food product? How is this procured - or is the form available and sold as a natural supplement?

      One other question: does milk thistle have the same beneficial effect upon the liver as the RRR-a-tocopherol? Thank you.

    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      May. 11, 2010

      Sure, the natural form of vitamin E is available in food. Just that it's very little.

       

      No one knows how milk thistle compares with vitamin E in helping to reverse fatty liver. Preliminary studies show that each of them seem to work. Personally, if I still had fatty liver disease, I would try all strategies, including a lot of exercise, which seems to...

      RHMLucky777

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      Sure, the natural form of vitamin E is available in food. Just that it's very little.

       

      No one knows how milk thistle compares with vitamin E in helping to reverse fatty liver. Preliminary studies show that each of them seem to work. Personally, if I still had fatty liver disease, I would try all strategies, including a lot of exercise, which seems to do a lot of good.

       

      Best regards,

       

      David

    • Anonymous
      beau10
      May. 11, 2010

      Thanks mucho for the beaucoup info and your most appreciated responses.

  • lovingcritters
    May. 06, 2010

    This is a very interesting and informative article, indeed.

    I just want to warn everyone, that this disease is NOT something your Drs. will look for if you have diabetes. I had to mention it to mine.

    We diabetics must constantly BEWARE!

     

    • herblady
      May. 09, 2010

      I had a fatty liver- very high liver enzymes led to a biopsy which showed I had the problem. The Dr. said there was nothing I could do for it - this was back in '93.  My enzymes are all fine now due to taking supplements. I took L Carnitine. Hi Lipase, and Milk Thistle, along with many other supplements to lower my blood sugar. I also follow a low carb...

      RHMLucky777

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      I had a fatty liver- very high liver enzymes led to a biopsy which showed I had the problem. The Dr. said there was nothing I could do for it - this was back in '93.  My enzymes are all fine now due to taking supplements. I took L Carnitine. Hi Lipase, and Milk Thistle, along with many other supplements to lower my blood sugar. I also follow a low carb diet to keep my blood sugar in control. My sugar was 350 when I found out now it's 92-120.  I use no medicines, just natural means.

       

      Those tests on Vit E were bogus - they gave synthetic E to terminally ill elderly patients and when they died, they blamed it on the E.  There is the only  injustice I can see.

       

  • jerseyhiker
    May. 06, 2010

    One medical doctor, Ronald Hoffman (www.drhoffman.com) stated in one of his broadcasts (WOR AM) that the Vitamin E study showing no prevention of heart disease was flawed in many ways.  He pointed out the many deficiencies of the population used in the study, etc. etc.  So I have learned not to write off a vitamin until I get the opinions of medical...

    RHMLucky777

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    One medical doctor, Ronald Hoffman (www.drhoffman.com) stated in one of his broadcasts (WOR AM) that the Vitamin E study showing no prevention of heart disease was flawed in many ways.  He pointed out the many deficiencies of the population used in the study, etc. etc.  So I have learned not to write off a vitamin until I get the opinions of medical doctors who actually know how to interpret studies.  We get too many opinions of studies by reading abstracts or even full texts of the studies, yet if one does not have background in reseach design, if is far too difficult to interpret these studies.

    Regards,

    Diane

  • Massagemaniac
    May. 06, 2010

    I still would not know if I have it, if there is no test for it .... Or is there?  Does a fatty liver show up in a metabolic blood panel?   How would a person know if they have such a condition?   WOuld the liver enzymes be off ?  Please elaborate if you could,  Thank you David.  Glad it is under control for you, as you...

    RHMLucky777

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    I still would not know if I have it, if there is no test for it .... Or is there?  Does a fatty liver show up in a metabolic blood panel?   How would a person know if they have such a condition?   WOuld the liver enzymes be off ?  Please elaborate if you could,  Thank you David.  Glad it is under control for you, as you help so many.

    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      May. 06, 2010

      Good point. Usually, your doctor will test your so-called "liver enzymes." Here's an article about the test:

      http://www.medicinenet.com/liver_blood_tests/page2.htm

       

      Best regards,

       

      David

    • Massagemaniac
      May. 07, 2010

      Thank you for that helpful clarification.

    • red hands
      May. 06, 2010

      I was diagnosed with a fatty liver after an ultrasound.  You may want to try that.  I also have Diabetes but at that time it was undiagnosed.  Hope that helps a little!

       

    • Massagemaniac
      May. 07, 2010

      Were you clinically obese?   What made you or your doctor look for that ?  I doubt that I have it, as I am not obese, and my liver enzymes on my metabolic profile are in the normal range.