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Monday, May 11, 2009

Natural vitamin E may slash lung cancer risk by more than 50%

Increasing intakes of vitamin E may decrease the risk of lung cancer by over 50 per cent, according to a new study from the US.

Researchers from the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center report that intakes of vitamin E in the alpha-tocopherol form were associated with consistent and independent reductions in lung cancer risk. Other forms of the vitamin did not have any effects on their own, they added.

“To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study to compare dietary intakes of the different forms of tocopherols (alpha-, beta-, gamma and delta-tocopherol) and lung cancer risk,” wrote lead author Somdat Mahabir in the International Journal of Cancer.

“Our large lung cancer case-control study adds meaningful data on alpha-, gamma-, beta- and delta-tocopherol to the literature,”

There are eight forms of vitamin E: four tocopherols (alpha, beta, gamma, delta) and four tocotrienols (alpha, beta, gamma, delta). Alpha-tocopherol is the main source found in supplements and in the European diet, while gamma-tocopherol is the most common form in the American diet.
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Gary comments:
Natural vitamin E has many health benefits, including being a powerful fat antioxidant (stops fats from going rancid). The article above gives the clue why some vitamin E studies are inclonclusive; whereas others like the one here are so convincing. The reason is simple: Compare not just apples with apples; but be aware that there are different varieties of apples with different qualities. The same is with vitamin E: alpha-tocopherolis is not quite the same as the other varieties of vitamin E.

I have been promoting Natural Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol ) for protection against blood clotting (read my articles about Deep Vein Thrombosis). Of course, it has many other benefits for the heart and circulation and for the connective tissue, including skin. Of course, vitamin E and C are great for any kind of chronic lung condition.
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