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Vitamin E and selenium supplements increase risk of prostate cancer

By Laura Hundemer,

Vitamin E and selenium supplements were believed to help prevent cancer but have now been proven to increase the risk of prostate cancer. A recent study from a placebo-controlled trial of over 35,000 men has yielded some interesting concerns of both supplements.

According to Daily Mail, scientists now say that men should not take high doses of vitamin E or selenium supplements because they have no health benefits and increase the risk of prostate cancer by up to 20 percent. The study showed more cases of prostate cancer among men taking 400 international units (IU) of vitamin E a day than men taking the placebo.

The problem is that, when taking Vitamin E or selenium supplements, they are just too saturated with the nutrients. The high dosage affects the body.

According to CBC News, study author Alan Kristal of the Public Health Sciences division at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center said, "While there appear to be no risks from taking a standard multivitamin, the effects of high-dose single supplements are unpredictable, complex and often harmful."

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