Vitamin E for Prostate Health

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Today’s topic:
Vitamin E for Prostate Health

Scientific evidence reported recently confirms that dietary supplementation with vitamin E helps to protect the human prostate gland by promotion of the prostate cell’s own internal cell cycle-regulating clock.5,6,7 By encouraging the cells to function as they are programmed, vitamin E plays an important role in healthy prostate function. Of course, vitamin E is also a strong antioxidant and confers protection in this way.

Lycopene plus Vitamin E
A report published recently in the Journal of Nutrition shows that combining vitamin E supplementation with extra lycopene may be even more beneficial than is either nutrient alone8 – yet another example of nutrients working together to produce greater good than they can individually.

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5. Weinstein SJ, Wright ME, Pietinen P, King I, Tan C, Taylor PR, Virtamo J, Albanes D. Serum a-tocopherol and .-tocopherol in relation to prostate cancer risk in a prospective study. J Natl Cancer Inst 2005;97:396-399.
6. Kirsh VA, Hayes RB, Mayne ST, Chatterjee N, Subar AF, Dixon LB, Albanes D, Andriole GL, Urban DA, Peters U; PLCO Trial. Supplemental and dietary vitamin E, beta-carotene, and vitamin C intakes and prostate cancer risk. J Natl Cancer Inst 2006;98:245-254.
7. Shiau CW, Huang JW, Wang DS, Weng JR, Yang CC, Lin CH, Li C, Chen CS. .-Tocopheryl succinate induces apoptosis in prostate cancer cells in part through inhibition of Bcl-xL/Bcl-2 function. J Biol Chem 2006;281:11819-11825.
8. Limpens J, Schroder FH, de Ridder CM, Bolder CA, Wildhagen MF, Obermuller-Jevic UC, Kramer K, van Weerden WM. Combined lycopene and vitamin E treatment suppresses the growth of PC-346C human prostate cancer cells in nude mice. J Nutr 2006;136:1287- 1293.

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