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More of this vitamin significantly decreases cancer risk

More of this vitamin significantly decreases cancer risk, according to a large number of research and mounting evidence.

According to the National Institutes of Health:

Vitamin E is found naturally in some foods, added to others, and available as a dietary supplement. “Vitamin E” is the collective name for a group of fat-soluble compounds with distinctive antioxidant activities.

Dr. Mercola, a leading health expert and physician explains more about vitamin E: “Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin with potent antioxidant activity that helps combat damaging free radicals. It also plays a role in the making of red blood cells, helps your body use vitamin K (which is important for heart health) and is involved in your immune function and cell signaling..”

However, studies show that a shocking 93 percent of American men and 96 percent of American women do not meet the daily requirements of vitamin E intake. The federal government recommends just 12 milligrams of the vitamin per day, yet this amount is still not found in most Americans’ diets.

There have been many studies on the anti-cancer effects of vitamin E. Let’s take a look at some of the findings:

• 300 IUs of natural vitamin E per day may reduce lung cancer risk by 61 percent
• Gamma-tocotrienol, a cofactor found in natural vitamin E preparations, may decrease prostate tumor formation by 75 percent
• Gamma-tocotrienol also fights existing prostate cancer tumors and may inhibit growth in human breast cancer cells

Most recently, a study was published in the journal Medicine showing that patients with lower levels of vitamin E in their blood had a greater risk of colon cancer.

Another study published earlier also showed that vitamin E intake can decrease the risk of colon cancer. As explained in the study:

“Vitamin E is the major lipid-soluble antioxidant found in cell membranes, where it protects against lipid peroxidation. In addition, like carotenoids and water-soluble vitamin C, it can also stimulate the immune system and may protect against the development of cancer by enhancing immune surveillance. Vitamins E and C reduce nitrite, compounds that induce tumors …”

Some of the best food sources of vitamin E are almonds, spinach, sweet potatoes, avocados, butternut squash, trout, and olive oil.

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REFERENCES:
1. “How Vitamin E Helps Fight Cancer.” Mercola.com, Mercola.com, 2 Oct. 2017, articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2017/10/02/vitamin-e-helps-decrease-cancer-risk.aspx.

2. “Vitamin E.” NIH Office of Dietary Supplements, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminE-HealthProfessional/.
3. “Epidemic Deficiency of Vitamin E.” LifeExtension.com, LifeExtension.com, Mar. 2007, http://www.lifeextension.com/magazine/2007/3/awsi/page-01.
4. “Dietary Alpha-, Beta-, Gamma- and Delta-Tocopherols in Lung Cancer Risk.” International Journal of Cancer., U.S. National Library of Medicine, 1 Sept. 2008, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18546288.
5. “Reduced Risk of Colon Cancer with High Intake of Vitamin E: The Iowa Women’s Health Study.” Cancer Research, American Association for Cancer Research, 15 Sept. 1993, cancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/53/18/4230.
6. “Link between Risk of Colorectal Cancer and Serum Vitamin E Levels: A Meta-Analysis of Case–Control Studies.” Medicine, Wolters Kluwer Health, July 2017, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5502190/.
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