Researchers have discovered an exciting link between blood levels of vitamin E and prostate cancer. You see, vitamin E helps to reduce oxidative stress and it may even protect against harmful gene mutations that allow prostate cancer cells to grow.
In the new study published in the Journal of Nutrition, U.S. researchers measured vitamin E levels in nearly 20,000 men. They found that men with plenty of vitamin E in their blood tended to get prostate cancer less often.
On the other hand...
Men with the lowest amounts of vitamin E got prostate cancer more frequently.
And that's not all...
Researchers know that certain genes make men more vulnerable to aggressive types of prostate cancer. In fact, this alone increases a man's risk by two-fold.
But in this study, the researchers found that when it comes to vitamin E and prostate cancer – this specific vitamin virtually wiped out this risk!. Men who carried this genotype but had high blood levels of vitamin E were NOT more likely to develop prostate cancer. They were less likely to develop it!
So even if you're genetically predisposed to develop prostate cancer, this link between vitamin E and prostate cancer is very promising! There are eight forms of vitamin E: four tocopherols (alpha, beta, gamma, and delta) and four tocotrienols (alpha, beta, gamma, and delta). Strive to find a supplement that contains all eight forms of vitamin E.