Life Extension Foundation Asks: Can Vitamin E Protect Against Breast Cancer?

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.--(BW HealthWire)--April 9, 2002--According to a recent scientific report, women may experience up to a 90% reduction in their risk of breast cancer by increasing their dietary intake of newly identified forms of vitamin E.

These findings are based upon studies showing that high dietary intake of special fractions of vitamin E correlate with a strikingly low incidence of breast cancer. The studies show that most vitamin E products (alpha tocopherol) do not protect against breast cancer, while other forms of vitamin E (tocotrienols and gamma tocopherol) may dramatically reduce the incidence of this killer disease.

In fact, tocotrienols have shown potent effects in inhibiting the proliferation and inducing apoptosis (programmed cell death) in studies on breast cancer cells in culture.

An analysis of studies showing the relationship between vitamin E and breast cancer is given in the article "Does Vitamin E Prevent Breast Cancer?", which appears on the Life Extension Foundation's website at under the section Life Extension Exclusives.

This article concludes that most commercial vitamin E supplements do not protect against breast cancer, whereas gamma tocopherol and tocotrienols may reduce the risk by 30% to 90%! Gamma tocopherol and tocotrienols can be found in the oil fraction of cereal grains, seeds and nuts. For women who do not want to consume large amounts of seeds and nuts, these new forms of vitamin E are available as dietary supplements.

Dr. Michelle Morrow, a board certified family physician, is available for interviews on this topic. Since 1980, the non-profit Life Extension Foundation has been disseminating breakthrough medical findings to nearly 100,000 members worldwide. Life Extension is the largest organization dedicated to finding scientific methods of treating and preventing the diseases and effects of aging, such as arthritis, cancer and heart disease.

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