According to a study published in the March issue of the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, vitamin E can increase the risk of developing lung cancer. The study used data on 77,126 men and women between the ages 50 and 76 from the Washington State Vitamins and Lifestyle study, examining their rate of lung cancer over four years. vitain E may increase the risk of lung cancerThe increased risk equaled seven percent for every 100 mg a day of vitamin E supplement taken. While the increased risk posed by smoking and age weren’t surprising, the link to vitamin E was.

“In contrast to the often assumed benefits or at least lack of harm, supplemental vitamin E was associated with a small increased risk of lung cancer,” said Dr. Christopher G. Slatore, M.D., of the University of Washington in Seattle.

Using vitamin supplements as a substitute for fruits and vegetables has long been controversial due to their containing not only vitamins, but also phytochemical compounds and other components whose benefits aren’t well understood. “Future studies may focus on other components of fruits and vegetables that may explain the decreased risk [of cancer] that has been associated with fruits and vegetables,” said Dr. Slatore.

Source: American Thoracic Society


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