Individuals who suffer from prostate cancer could add healthy alternatives to their diet, as new research shows that Vitamin E can help in combating this disease.
Scientists from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Australia recently discovered that a particular molecule in vitamin E, known as gamma-tocotrienol (y-T3) can reduce the risk for recurring tumors.
The researchers from QUT conducted a study in which mice who had been diagnosed with prostate cancer were fed y-T3 extract. As a result, tumor regrowth was significantly reduced in 70 percent of the subjects.
Patrick Ling, lead investigator of the study, said that aside from his team's research, previous studies have found that y-T3 in vitamin E "is also effective in suppressing other types of cancer, including breast, colon, liver and gastric."
The scientists noted that although y-T3 is not found in every form of vitamin E, things like palm oil, which is a natural extract from the fruits of palm trees, is rich in vitamin E that contains y-T3.
Although further research is needed, people could improve their health by adding nutritional supplements, like vitamin E, into their diet.