P. KNEKT, M.D., 1966

Vitamin E is such a powerful aid in the battle against cancer, it deserves additional studies into its anti-cancer factors.

Working Summary: Vitamin E is important in cancer therapy, but not as much as vitamin C, beta-carotene, omega-3,and selenium.

Vitamin E is a vigorous anti-cancer vitamin,which has been the subject of intense investigation over many years since its discovery.

The Finnish study, carried out under the direction of Dr. Knekt, was the largest in size and scope ever undertaken in regard to vitamin E. Conducted from 1966 to 1972 on 62,440 adults, it produced highly significant results, aided by carefulfollow-ups of the patients over the next six to ten years. (See American Journal of Epidemiology,127(1): 28-41, 1988; and International Journal of Epidemiology, 17(2):281-86, 1988.)

Vitamin E has anti-cancer effects because it is a lipid antioxidant and a free-radical scavenger.(In addition, other studies have disclosed that antioxidants block the action of common carcinogens.)

It is also the most important fat-soluble antioxidant in the human body. But it only becomesa clear-cut anti-cancer agent, when used with vitamin C and selenium. In combination with them, it is particularly effective against certain cancers, especially breast, lung, and prostate. It is also useful against skin, liver, colon, mouth, and stomach cancer.

Vitamin E prevents the formation of certain cancer-causing chemicals (such as nitrosamines)in the body, helps to change newly formed cancer cells back to normal cells, and strengthens the body’s immune system.Vitamin E greatly enhances the performance of the immune system.

The official name for the vitamin is tocopherol.There are seven naturally occurring tocopherols,of which alpha-tocopherol is the most abundant and the most biologically active.

It is now known that, not only does vitamin E and selenium work together in fighting cancer,but selenium so enhances its effects that it reduces the body’s need for the vitamin.Even though vitamin E is fat-soluble, taking megadoses of the vitamin do not seem to produce abnormalities.

The RDA for vitamin E is 30 IU daily, but most research indicates that up to 800 IU a day is completely safe.

The best absorbed form is “mycelized E.” This is a liquid form of the vitamin that comes in 1-ounce dropper bottles.

The natural form of vitamin E (tocopherols—with “ol,” is far better than the synthetic form (tocopheryls—with “yl”). Look on the bottle before you buy it. Yet the synthetic type (also called the “dl- form” of the vitamin) is used in most studies! This is odd, since the natural form is so much more effective. In fact, it is 30% more biologically active.


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