Men should be careful with vitamin E. Consuming vitamin E per day may increase the risk of prostate cancer in healthy men. This is revealed in a recent study conducted to see the potential hazards associated with regular use of some food supplements.
Men who take vitamin E during a period of seven years, have a 17 percent higher risk of prostate cancer than those using a placebos. The findings are published in the ‘Journal of the American Medical Association’.
This study is a follow-up of an experiment in 2008 on 35 thousand men which was designed to see if the supplements help prevent prostate cancer. Such findings reinforce the emerging research that states that some vitamins and supplements, used in general by about 234 million American adults, may be more harmful than beneficial.
A study published in the ‘Archives of Internal Medicine’ also recently concluded that the use of multivitamins and supplements including folic acid, iron, magnesium, and copper are associated with mortality in older women.
“There is no reason for men to take vitamin E,” said Eric Klein, doctors at the Cleveland Clinic researcher who is also vice chairman of this research. “These supplements showed no benefit and some are even risky.”
This research, which is called SELECT (Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention) was designed to see whether one or both substances can prevent prostate cancer. Last May, said the researchers, data and safety monitoring committee checked the experimental data and recommended the report of the findings regarding the risk of prostate cancer.
Recent data show that those who consume 400 units of vitamin E every day internationally experienced an average of 76 cases of cancer per 1,000 participants, compared with 65 cases in the placebo group.
The increase in risk by 17 percent was found in the group of participants who only took vitamin E alone. Those who consumed a combination of vitamin E and selenium did not show a significantly increased risk.
“This study is the largest, most definitely, and the first to show that there is a chance of harm from the consumption of Vitamin E on a regular basis,” said Leslie Ford, deputy director for clinical research at the ‘National Cancer Institute’, according to Bloomberg.Tagged with: Prostate Cancer, Vitamin E,