Vitamin E. Men, don’t take extra.

If a little is good… a lot is NOT necessarily better.  A 7-year study of more than 35,000 men showed that extra vitamin E can significantly increase your risk of prostate cancer.

The study used a dose of 400 IU a day of vitamin E.  More than half of men over age 60 take Vitamin E, with ¼ of those taking at least the amount in the study.

We do not know why too much vitamins can help cause cancer.  Maybe it is that antioxidants become carcinogenic (cancer-forming) at high doses.

I heard a cancer doctor say…”consumers should be skeptical about health claims for unregulated over-the-counter products in the absence of strong evidence of benefit from clinical trials.”

I agree.

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I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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