Monday, October 24, 2011
Vitamin E and cancer
We all think of vitamin supplements as beneficial or at the very least harmless, but a study published in JAMA questions that. Men taking a vitamin E supplement for 7 years were 17% more likely than those taking a placebo to develop cancer. The difference was statistically significant. The trials was looking at whether vitamin E and selenium either together or separately could help prevent prostate cancer, and involved 35,000 healthy middle aged men. There was no impact on the incidence of other cancers, diabetes or cardiovascular events. The supplements did not save lives. Vitamin E may be natural but it is not harmless. The same, of course might be said of snakebite and the GREAT WHITE SHARK.