Selenium Supplements May Increase Prostate Cancer Risk

"Men using these supplements [selenium and/or Vitamin E] should stop, period." These are the words of Alan Kristal, author of a new study examining why some men are at increased risk of prostate cancer when taking these supplements. Men with high selenium levels at baseline who took selenium supplements increased their risk of high-grade cancer…

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Extra Vitamin E Ineffective

Researchers combined results from 57 clinical trials of Vitamin E supplementation. In more than 246,000 participants doses up to 5,500 IU per day appeared to have no effect on all-cause mortality. It has been thought that an antioxidant like Vitamin E might benefit diseases associated with oxidative stress. The good news from this pooled data…

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Vitamin E Supplements May Raise the Risk of Prostate Cancer

A large randomized trial has demonstrated that men taking vitamin E supplements experienced a small but statically significant increase in their risk of prostate cancer. Participants were part of the SELECT (Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial) and were 50 years and older. The authors noted that this study demonstrated that these supplements do…

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Vitamins C and E Supplements Strike Out Again

A study of 14,641 older male physicians for an average of 8 years has quashed hopes that supplements of vitamins C and E might reduce the risk of cataracts. The rate of cataracts between those getting vitamin C or E instead of the placebo was almost identical. Researchers had hoped that longer supplementation might be…

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Vitamin E Supplements Raise Risk of Hemorrhagic Stroke

An international group of researchers examined data from nine trials involving 120,000 subjects who had been randomized to receive either vitamin E or placebo supplements and had been followed for more than a year. While Vitamin E supplements had no significant effect on overall stroke risk, the supplements increased hemorrhagic stroke by 22% and reduced…

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Alzheimer’s Protection from Dietary Vitamin E

Vitamin E is back in the spotlight, following dashed hopes that supplementing with this nutrient would result in many health benefits.A new prospective Dutch study has found that those who consumed the most dietary Vitamin E at the beginning of the study experienced 25% less dementia and Alzheimer's Disease during almost 10 years of follow-up.…

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Antioxidants or Lifestyle Change for Diabetes?

It is predicted that by 2025 more than 300 million people worldwide will have type 2 diabetes! In the US alone the number of people with diabetes almost doubled between 1976 and 1994. Sedentary living and excess weight are considered to be the major risk factors for this debilitating disease. Many are the strategies that…

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