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Nutrients Prevent Prostate Cancer

A study released last month showed that high blood levels of major vitamin E components, alpha- and gamma- tocopherol, appear to reduce the risk of prostate cancer by roughly 50%.

The findings were based on an analysis of 100 men who developed prostate cancer and 200 who remained free of cancer. Men with the highest levels of alpha-tocopherol at the beginning of the study, before anyone had developed prostate cancer, were 51% less likely to develop prostate cancer compared to those with the lowest levels. Also, men with the highest levels of gamma-tocopherol were 43% less likely to develop prostate cancer vs. those with the lowest levels.

A supplement that contains natural vitamin E, which has all of the various tocopherols, is advisable for any male. Read supplement labels carefully. Many cheap vitamin E supplements do not contain all of the tocopherols that you need.

Another study released in March showed that consumption of dietary carotenoids reduces the incidence of prostate cancer. Carotenoids are pigments that give plant foods their distinctive colors. The carotenoids noted as protective in this study were lycopene, alpha-carotene, beta-carotene and other carotenoids. Consumption of tomatoes, spinach and citrus were associated with a lower rate of prostate cancer. If you're not eating 5-7 servings of vegetables and fruits every day, you may wish to consider supplementation with a "mixed carotenoids" supplement formula.

Green tea has been shown in numerous studies to reduce the risk of prostate cancer. A paper presented at the recent American Association for Cancer Research meeting analyzed two groups of men at a high risk for developing prostate cancer. One group of 32 men took a green tea extract for one year. Another group of 30 men took a placebo. After a year, only one man in the tea extract group got prostate cancer, whereas nine men in the placebo group got prostate cancer.

The green tea extract used in the study contained a component of green tea called EGCG. EGCG appears to specifically target prostate cancer cells for death, without damaging normal cells.

You can obtain vitamin E with mixed tocopherols, a mixed carotenoid formula, and a green tea extract containing EGCG from our clinic dispensary. To place an order by phone, please call toll-free 877-347-8600. If you have a concern about prostate cancer, consult with one of our physicians.

Sources: Journal of the National Cancer Institute, March 2, 2005; International Journal of Cancer, March 1, 2005; 96th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research, April 20, 2005