Health Matters by Dr Charles Fiscella
Liver cancer risk lowered by vitamin E
Posted on Friday, August 31, 2012 at 06:13 AM
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|Vitamin E can lower the chance of liver cancer|
Vitamin E can lower the risk of liver cancer according to a study recently published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
The study was conducted in China, where both hepatitis B and liver cancer is rampant.
“Overall, the take home message is that high intake of vitamin E either from diet or supplements was related to lower risk of liver cancer in middle-aged or older people from China,” reported Xiao Ou Shu, M.D., Ph.D., a professor of Medicine at the Vanderbilt Epidemiology Center.
“We found a clear, inverse dose-response relation between vitamin E intake and liver cancer risk,” the authors of the study concluded.
Other vitamins tested, such as vitamin C, did not lower the risk of liver cancers.
Both those with diets high in vitamin E, as well as those who took vitamin E supplements appeared to benefit.
Vitamin E has antioxidant qualities which may prevent damage to human DNA.