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Not Any Old Vitamin E Prevents, Reverses Lung Cancer

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

Vitamin E

Story at-a-glance -

  • Media headlines have highlighted a recent study showing vitamin E may accelerate lung cancer, without mentioning the study used synthetic vitamin E
  • Synthetic vitamin E is a byproduct of the petrochemical industry and has been linked to cancer, endocrine-disrupting activities, pneumonia, and more
  • Natural vitamin E has been shown to help prevent lung, prostate, and breast cancers
  • The best way to get natural vitamin E is via your diet, in foods like nuts and green leafy vegetables
  • If you use a supplement, natural vitamin E is always listed as the "d-" form (d-alpha-tocopherol, d-beta-tocopherol, etc.) while synthetic vitamin E is listed as "dl-" forms

By Dr. Mercola

The media has given an astounding amount of attention to a recent study that found vitamin E may increase tumor progression, and accelerate lung cancer, in mice.

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