Vitamin E and Prostate Cancer Correlation Needs More Study

A report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) links vitamin E supplementation with an increased risk of developing prostate cancer.

The study found that men who took vitamin E supplements developed prostate cancer at a higher rate than those who did not.

The Natural Products Association (NPA) urges the JAMA to pursue further research, as the study investigated the use of vitamin E in isolation.

Cara Welch, PhD, NPA vice president states that “even the authors [of the study] mention the reported benefit of vitamin E and Alzheimer’s disease and age-related macular degeneration. This study does reveal the need for additional research into the link of vitamin E and prostate cancer.”

Supplements should be used in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle that includes exercise and a nutritious diet. Welch believes “this study [should not] affect the use of vitamin E supplementation for certain groups, especially those under the care of a physician.”

Read the JAMA article, or visit the www.NPAInfo.org for more information on the Natural Products Association.