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Vitamin E Helps Prevent Prostate Cancer

Vitamin E and Prostate CancerThere are eight different forms of vitamin E, and to help prevent prostate cancer—and other cancers as well—make sure you choose the correct ones: gamma-tocopherol and delta tocopherol. That’s the message from a research team at the Center for Cancer Prevention Research, at Rutgers Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey.

Pick up a vitamin E supplement bottle and chances are the main—and perhaps only—form of vitamin E in the product is alpha-tocopherol. Yet alpha-tocopherol is not the most abundant form of vitamin E found in the diet, nor has it been shown to help prevent cancer. These two benefits are associated with another form of vitamin E.

In a new report, “Does Vitamin E Prevent or Promote Cancer?” Chung S. Yang, director of the Center, notes that “Our message is that the vitamin E form of gamma-tocopherols, the most abundant form of vitamin E in the American diet, and delta-tocopherols, also found in vegetable oils, are beneficial in preventing cancers while the form of vitamin E, alpha-tocopherol, the most commonly used in vitamin E supplements, has no such benefit.”

Yang explains that animal studies for prostate, breast, lung, and colon cancers have shown that gamma-tocopherol and delta-tocopherol prevent the formation and growth of cancer. Thus men need to get the facts about vitamin E and prostate cancer prevention and make sure they choose vitamin E supplements that contain a high balance of gamma-tocopherol in relation to alpha-tocopherol, which works synergistically with the gamma form of vitamin E.

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About Dr. Geo Espinosa, N.D., L.Ac, CNS, RH (AHG)

Dr. Geo is the Director of the Integrative Urology Center at New York University Langone Medical Center and the Chief Science Officer at Prostate Research Labs. Before joining NYU, Dr. Geo was a clinician, researcher and director of clinical trials at the Center for Holistic Urology at Columbia University Medical Center. He is a licensed naturopathic doctor, licensed acupuncturist, a Certified Nutrition Specialist and a Registered Herbalist. Dr. Geo is an author of the naturopathic entry in 1000 Cures for 200 ailments, by Harper Collins; March 2007 and “Prostate Cancer – Nutrients that may slow its progression,” Food and Nutrients in Disease Management – Maryland: Cadmus Publishing, 2009. He also serves on the editorial board of the Natural Medicine Journal.
 
Dr Geo is a frequent speaker at universities, medical schools and conferences on Integrative Health, nutrition and natural treatments for prostate disease. More on Dr. Geo

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