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“Scientists at Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore have uncovered a mechanism that leads to an advanced form of fatty liver disease — and it turns out that vitamin B12 and folic acid supplements could reverse this process.” [Source: Medicalexpress.com]


The term ‘non-alcoholic fatty liver disease’ refers to a range of conditions caused by high levels of fat in the liver. Such conditions are commonly seen in people who are overweight or obese. Having high levels of fat in your liver is associated with the development of serious health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and kidney disease.

The finding that supplements of vitamin B12 and folic acid/folate can potentially treat advanced non-alcoholic fatty liver disease follows previous research published in 2018 which found that having low levels of these two micronutrients is linked to the severity of the condition. In this study, researchers from Israel looked at 83 patients with a progressive form of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and found that blood levels of vitamin B12 and folate were inversely related to the grade of fibrosis in the liver.

To access easy-to-read summaries of scientific studies demonstrating the effectiveness and safety of micronutrients in preventing and treating diseases of the liver, visit the Independent Library of Nutrition and Natural Health website.