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Is There a Link between Vitamin E and Cancer

Over the years you have heard of the benefits of Vitamin E. Not only is it a nutrient that is necessary for your body to survive, it has quite a few advantages. Having plenty of Vitamin E has been shown to promote cardiovascular health, fight aging and some even use it for scars. There are so many things that Vitamin E has been said to help, that it is surprising to hear that it may actually be a cause of something bad. Recent months have led to the release that there is a link between Vitamin E and Cancer. Is this true? Could this vitamin that has been touted as the miracle answer to many problems actually be the cause of one? In order to know that, we have to look at what has been said and where it comes from.

For many years Vitamin E has been used for a variety of conditions. One of them was to fight cancer. It has been said to slow down the growth of tumors and to fight cancerous cells. This claim spawned a study of men over a period of time. The goal was to see if those who took Vitamin E regularly experienced less risk of cancer than those who simply took a placebo.

The study itself was reported to have proven the claim false. During the study, it appeared that taking the Vitamin E had no impact on the chance of cancer in those men that took it. It did not work to prevent the cancer or slow down the progression of it. The study was concluded, but many of the men agreed to continue to be monitored through the mail for a period of time. It was the results of this portion of the study that surprised everyone and has become a topic for discussion among those that are considering or are already taking Vitamin E.

The results that were released in 2011 showed that after the study those men that were on Vitamin E actually had an increase in the risk of prostate cancer. The vitamin that was supposed to be preventing cancer in these men appeared to be a link to an increase in the amount of cancer being found among them. Of those that continued to report, 76 in 1000 men who had taken Vitamin E had been diagnosed with prostate cancer. 65 in 1000 of those who had taken the placebo were diagnosed. Each of the men took 400 international units (IU) per day.

While it may seem simple, the fact is that the main thing being monitored about these men was their intake of Vitamin E and the amount of them to suffer from cancer. Though the study was conducted to see if the claim of reducing cancer was accurate, the results showed an entirely different perspective. What the study did not say is whether there were other factors that could have played a role in the increase in cancer risks. Was there something else the men had in common? Were there lifestyle factors or genetic risks?

In the end when it comes to Vitamin E and cancer, there are a few options available to you. You can conduct thorough research into the possibilities. You can talk with a physician. You can ignore the potential problems. You can avoid Vitamin E. The best alternative is to find out as much as you can about your own risks and potential for success and then discuss it with your physician. A decision made with a professional will help you know that you are making the right decision for yourself and they can also help monitor for any signs that there is a problem.

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