A Troubling Link Between Vitamin E and Prostate Cancer
By Charmaine Gooden
Researchers studying vitamin E supplements as a way to reduce men’s risk of prostate cancer found they actually had the opposite effect, increasing the risk slightly, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health. The study, called SELECT (the Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial), found that men who took 400 IU (international units) of vitamin E each day were 17 per cent more likely to develop prostate cancer than non-vitamin-E users, a finding that was statistically significant. There was no increased risk of prostate cancer when vitamin E and selenium were taken together; suggesting that selenium somehow dampens the harm caused by vitamin E.