Vitamin E and selenium pills are putting men at significantly increased risk of prostate cancer, a group of US scientists has warned in findings published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
– Study leader Dr Alan Kristal, from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre in Seattle,
These supplements are popular - especially vitamin E - although so far no large, well-designed and well-conducted study has shown any benefits for preventing major chronic disease.
Men using these supplements should stop, period. Neither selenium nor vitamin E supplementation confers any known benefits, only risks...
We know from several other studies that some high-dose dietary supplements - that is, supplements that provide far more than the daily recommended intakes of micronutrients - increase cancer risk.