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Vitamin E Decreases the Risk of Dying of Prostate Cancer

Keith D. Bishop, Clinical Nutritionist, B.Sc. Pharmacy -  May 20th, 2009

High alpha-tocopherol ( vitamin E ) blood levels lower the risk of dying from prostate cancer.  

Prostate cancer vitamin EResearchers investigated the alpha-tocopherol (vitamin E) effect on survival of men diagnosed with prostate cancer. This was a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled primary prevention trial testing the effect of beta-carotene, retinol and alpha-tocopherol supplements on cancer incidence in 29,133 adult male smokers in Finland. As of April 2005, 1,891 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer and 395 died of their disease.

Higher alpha-tocopherol blood levels at the beginning of the study were associated with a 33% improved prostate cancer survival rate. Highest alpha-tocopherol supplementation during the trial provided a 49% improved prostate cancer survival rate.

These findings suggest that higher alpha-tocopherol (and not beta-carotene or retinol) status increases overall prostate cancer survival.

Reference Source: Associations between alpha-tocopherol, beta-carotene, and retinol and prostate cancer survival. Watters JL, Gail MH, Weinstein SJ, Virtamo J, Albanes D. Cancer Res. 2009 May 1;69(9):3833-41.

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Keith D. Bishop, Clinical Nutritionist, B.Sc. Pharmacy helps his clients improve their health by using natural products, tests and self care. He writes special reports on natural product effects on cancer. You may schedule an appointment for customized recommendations by calling 405.919.1982. Click here to learn more about Alternative Cancer Treatment Appointments.


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