Recent research has indicated that natural sources of vitamin E such as almonds and sunflower seeds can prevent some types of cancers whereas commercial preparations including Vitamin E containing supplements (alpha tocopherol acetate) have no such effect.
The Vitamin E rich food
Soybean oil is the major source of liquid Vitamin E gels. These act as food preservatives and are available as “mixed tocopherols”. The best way to know if there are soy products in food items is to check the labels for the presence of Vitamin E or tocopherols. Some people may want to exclude soy from their diet while others may want to include it.
Certain foods contain high levels of Vitamin E such as almonds, pecans, collard green, sunflower seeds and spinach. These are extremely helpful for keeping the skin free from damage by free radicals. Alzheimer’s disease and cancer can also be prevented by these foods.
What research on Vitamin E suggests
According to research conducted in New York, the progression of prostate cancer can be halted by Vitamin E. Researchers observed that active form of this vitamin inhibits the enzymes needed for the proliferation of cancer cells. As a result, cancer cells undergo apoptosis or programmed cell death. Although Vitamin E can be stored in the normal cells for a long time, it usually does not cause any harm.
According to a renowned professor of clinical chemistry and pharmacognosy at the Ohio State University, Ching-Shih Chen, and a researcher at the Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center Vitamin E can be used to prevent as well as treat some types of cancers. The result of their research was published in the Journal Science Signaling on March 19, 2013.
Tocopherols: A part of Vitamin E family
Vitamin E is a group of lipid-soluble compounds that can be stored in various body tissues and used in metabolic and synthetic processes.
Tocopherols share the greater part of Vitamin E family. They are most active, and important members of Vitamin E family. Tocopherols are numbered as alpha, beta, gamma, and delta.
Other members of Vitamin E are collectively known as tocotrienols. This minor group consists of alpha tocotrienol, beta tocotrienol, gamma tocotrienol, and delta tocotrienol.
Researchers found out some reasons why synthetic forms of Vitamin E cannot provide desired anticancer effects. Several studies indicate that commercial supplements cannot exert the anticancer activities, and high doses cannot be absorbed properly and reach ideal tissue concentration.
When it comes to usefulness in cancer, the natural forms of Vitamin E are definitely superior to supplement forms.
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