According to the National Cancer Institute, thirty percent of all cancer is related to smoking, and thirty five percent of all cancers are because of poor diet. New research indicates that one way to fight cancer is by eating a diet rich in Vitamin E.
Many cancers, including stomach, liver and colon may be prevented by eating Vitamin E rich foods, such as nuts, seeds and peanut or almond butter. Vegetable cooking oils, with olive, soybean, and canola s are also rich in vitamin E.
There have been conflicting reports regarding Vitamin E in cancer. Some studies imply it causes cancer, including prostrate cancer in men. Other statistics imply that Vitamin E has no effect one way or the other regarding cancer. In the study where prostrate cancer risk increased, the men were given 400 I. U.’s daily of Vitamin E supplements, rather than increase Vitamin E in the diet.
A 2012 study in the Journal of Cancer Prevention Research however, found that Vitamin E in vegetable oil has cancer prevention properties. Two forms of vitamin E, which are found in canola, corn, and soybean oils may offer cancer-fighting properties.
Chung S Yang, is director of the Center for Cancer Prevention Research at Rutgers. He indicates that he most abundant form of vitamin E in the American diet, gama-tocopherols, and delta-tocopherols, which is found in vegetable oils, are beneficial for preventing cancer. He states that Alpha- tocopherol, the form of Vitamin E most commonly used in supplements, has been proven to have no benefit, when it comes to cancer.
During the research, Yang and his colleagues fed animals the vitamin E form that is found in the vegetable oils. They concluded, that the gamma and delta-tocopherol forms of vitamin E stopped cancer from growing and developing. In a past study published in the journal Cancer Prevention Research, it was shown that delta-tocopheral vitamin E prevented colon cancer development in rats more than other forms of vitamin E.
Yang also pointed out that the vitamin E supplements used in research,which implied that the supplement caused prostrate cancer in men, was the alpha-tocopherol form of vitamin E. Yang sugggest more research be done using the delta or gamma-tocopheral versions. .
A 2009 study published in the International Journal of Cancer revealed that natural Vitamin E cuts the risk of lung cancer by 55%. In addition to nuts, seeds and oils, swiss chard, mustard greens, kale and spinach are sources of natural vitamin E.