Helping your liver to recover
There are no specific foods that will help your liver to recover. It is best to eat a healthy balanced diet.
If you usually drink alcohol, then cutting down could help your liver to recover. You can find out more about the guidelines on alcohol here.
Supplements and complementary treatments
There are no supplements that have been proved to help recovery from hepatitis E.
You need to be very careful about taking any supplements or alternative or complementary medicines if you have had hepatitis E. One of your liver’s jobs is to break down medicines. It might not be able to do this as well while it is recovering from hepatitis E. The medicine or supplement can put extra strain on your liver. And you could be at greater risk of side effects from the medicine.
Always talk to your doctor before trying a supplement or alternative or complementary medicine. Make sure the doctor knows that you have recently had hepatitis E and that they know about any other medicines you are taking.
Having any kind of liver condition can be difficult. Even if you are likely to make a full recovery. The British Liver Trust is here to support everyone who is living with a liver condition. And their friends, family and loved ones.
We have an online forum and support groups where you can talk to people who have had similar experiences. We also have a helpline where you can talk to our specialist liver nurses.
We would like to thank our clinical reviewers Professor Stephen Ryder, consultant hepatologist at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS trust and Dr Ahmed Elsharkawy, consultant hepatologist, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust.
Published: November 2023
Review due: November 2026