Saw on the news--a study of 35,000 men showed a 17% increase in prostate cancer for men that took Vit E over placebo...
Uh ohs, not equivocation. As Majkinetor mentioned, synthetic vitamin e can compete with real vitamin e and steal its role, while being much less effective. Furthermore, natural alpha tocopherol in large doses competes with gamma tocopherol and the other forms that we would be getting from food for the job, which all serve unique functions in the antioxidant network. It's like a sports team, you don't just want one kind of player. It is gamma tocopherol that is most prevalent in food, but most of the supplements are alpha. But say you were to get natural mixed tocopherols, that would be a whole new ball game, that's what you get in food, and that's what your body uses best.
If we can, getting vitamin e from diet makes the most sense, but I would read this as all vitamin e is bad, just that whatever vitamin e these people mostly took is potentially bad.
Also, when people take supplements they often experience a licensing effect from them. They think that the supplements give them a get-out-of-poor-health-free pass and somehow counteract that trans-fat-laden doughnut, so you can get people who take multivitamins who eat worse than they would have otherwise.
If we lived in a pristine world with no pollution and chemicals etc that are completely overwhelming our bodies' natural antioxidant capabilities, I would say ditch the vitamins. But since we live in our modern chemical soup world, I would suggest you take a quality naturaly high gamma e product such as the one by A.C. Grace ("Unique E") in a dose based on your body weight in the AM with breakfast and then a separate tocotrienol complex product with your evening meal -- I like Solgar's tocotrienol complex -- that or Twin-Lab's product.
Caveat -- if you currently take any medication such as blood thinners, do research and check with a physician knowledgeable about supplements (most are not -- so not an easy task, but persevere).
Vitamin supplements may not be "natural" but neither is living in a heavily polluted environment.
Hm... so, they started to blame vitamin E for mortality and cancer issues. If the effect exists its probably small and may be related to the form of vitamin. Synthetic version of vitamin E shouldn't be used, only natural as it is very large complex of natural substances (some form of alcohol actually).
Perhaps taking easy on vitamin E until we know more is not a bad idea.
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ZOMG, wow, why do I smell BS in the air...
Conflict of Interest Disclosures: All authors have completed and submitted the ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest. Dr Thompson reported receiving research support from the National Cancer Institute for a randomized controlled trial testing finasteride against placebo, both of which are supplied by Merck. Dr Gaziano reported receiving grant support (to his institution) from Wyeth (now Pfizer) in the form of vitamin and placebo pills and packaging. Dr Karp reported receiving grants to his institution from Pfizer. Dr Klotz reported receiving travel support for meetings from sanofi-aventis, Merck, and AstraZeneca and research support for investigator-initiated trials from Abbott and GlaxoSmithKline, and institutional grants pending. Dr Chin reported receiving consultancy fees from Janssen, Amgen, Novartis, and Firmagon; receiving payment for lectures from Firmagon; and payment for development of educational presentations from AstraZeneca, Novartis, and Firmagon. Dr Meyskens reported being a co-founder of Cancer Prevention Pharmaceuticals. Dr Baker reported board membership for Merck for which he receives no compensation. Otherwise there were no other conflicts of interest disclosed.
Pitch it and get your vitamin E from raw organic almonds and pastured egg yolks.
That's interesting. Vitamin E seems to lower prolactin
This is a good thing btw... Prolactin is not a hormone you want... makes you fat, depressed, in excess that is.
This patients had a deficiency of course... but E seems to relatively hard to get through diet unless you are eating nuts or avocados... but then doesnt the E just get used to protect oxidation from the fats in these foods? (MUFAS and PUFAS).
I've seen results like this for years and wonder why anyone would still be taking such large doses of vitamin E. The problem could be the form (i.e., synthetic vs natural) or type (single or full spectrum) but I think the most likely problem is the MASSIVE dose.
A vegetable-oil-free paleo diet might contain about 10-20 IU of vit E. Not sure what the argument would be for taking 20-40 times that amount in a day. Of course it causes problems!
I don't trust or like any supplement in an oil base including CoQ10. The oil is often soy but even if it isn't the potential of rancidity is not worth it to me. I feel the same way about fermented cod liver oil...the intense burning in my throat from this at times ended my relationship with it. I look to foods for the nutrition though I do take some vitamin C and magnesium malate.