Vitamin E Study Raises Questions Again About Synthetic Vitamins

A new meta-analysis looking at supplement use and cancer in an aging population found subtle hints that Vitamin E could be detrimental for women who smoke. This comes in contrast to a 19 year long Finnish study showing significant decrease in all cancer risk, including lung cancer, among individuals with highest blood levels of dietary Vitamin E. Dietary vitamin E also protected against heart disease in the Finnish study.

This data raises the same issues that emerged in prior studies using fractionated, synthesized fat soluble supplements, such as Vitamin A and Vitamin E. It is clear that synthetic supplements, made cheaply by large pharmaceutical companies, inadequately replace food.

Supplements containing the entire balanced nutritional spectrum of Vitamin E, including gamma tocopherol and all the mixed natural tocopherols and tocotrionols, are “food form.” A.C. Grace Co. in Texas has made a supplement with all these elements the same way since the 1950’s, when it was developed under the direction of the Shute brothers, two physicians who did the original research on Vitamin E and heart disease.

This unusual small company has made only one product for well over half a century. Their work deserves to be supported so that quality supplements, and the benefits they provide, will continue to be available.

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