Vitamin E from supplements or food lowers the risk of liver cancer

August 01, 2012

Liver cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide. It is the fifth most common cancer in men and the seventh most common in women. Researchers from Vanderbilt University in Nashville worked jointly with the Shanghai Cancer Institute comparing data on 132,837 Chinese men and women. The women were followed on average for 13 years and the men on

After analyzing data on diet and supplement use taking Vitamin E supplements or a high intake of Vitamin E from the diet led to a lowered risk of liver cancer. This protection was even found in people with liver disease or with a family history of liver cancer.

The researchers found a clear association that was inverse and dose-dependent. This means that the higher the intake of Vitamin E the lower the risk of liver cancer in everyone. The authors write “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…..” The study is published in the July 17th issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.