The Many Benefits of Vitamin E
Vitamin E Said to Cut Bladder Cancer Risk
Florida scientists in search of cancer-preventing nutrients discovered clues that vitamin E may protect against bladder cancer. The study, just released, found that people eat foods rich in this vitamin get bladder cancer only about half as much as those who receive less vitamin E.
|Some think vitamin E may protect against cancer by warding off the damaging effects of oxygen. The strongest evidence of this so far has been against prostate cancer.
The study was based on questionnaires on the eating habits of about 1,000 Houston residents. Those whose vitamin E intake was in the top 25 percent had just half as much bladder cancer as those in the lowest quarter. However, the actual difference in the amount of vitamin E-rich food the two extremes ate was small, equal to a single daily serving of spinach or a handful of almonds. Bladder cancer was roughly the same whether people got their vitamin E from food alone or in combination with vitamin supplements.
The strongest evidence of vitamin E's anti-cancer effects comes from a study several years ago on nearly 30,000 Finnish smokers. The study found those who took vitamin E pills lowered their prostate cancer risk by one-third.
A current National Cancer Institute study is testing the effects of 400 milligrams of vitamin E and 200 micrograms of selenium daily on more than 32,000 men for seven years to see if these nutrients fight prostate cancer.
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Vitamin E Helps Maintain Mental Sharpness
Vitamin E intake in food and supplements may help slow decline in mental functioning among older people, according to a study. "High amounts of vitamin E from foods appears to be protective from cognitive decline," reports lead author Dr Martha Clare Morris, assistant professor of internal medicine at Rush-Presbyterian-St Luke's Medical Center in Chicago, IL.
The researchers theorized that vitamin E, an anti-oxidant, may counteract the damage done to brain cells by free radicals, which are byproducts of normal body processes that can damage tissue and have been linked to disease. Previous research has suggested that people who consume more vitamin E retain mental function and are less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease. According to the findings, the group who reported the highest intakes of vitamin E had a slower decline in mental function than those whose vitamin E intake was lowest.
The team recently reported similar findings for vitamin E and Alzheimer's disease. High intake of the nutrient was linked to a 70 percent reduction in the risk of developing the disease during a 4-year period. Together, Morris noted, the studies strongly suggest that vitamin E has some protective effect on the brain. Vitamin E is found in green, leafy vegetables as well as corn, nuts, olives, and vegetable oils. The ALTRUM Ultra-Multis contain natural vitamin E to supplement your diet.
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