New research says these popular supplements could double your risk of cancer
From Dr. David Eifrig, MD, MBA, editor, Retirement Millionaire:
Trash your selenium and vitamin E supplements today… Selenium is a mineral that supports metabolism and, as an antioxidant, reduces the risk of cancer.
Brazil nuts contain the highest concentration of selenium. And vitamin E is a well-known, naturally occurring antioxidant that prevents damage to cell membranes, commonly found in whole grains, nuts, and leafy green vegetables.
Until recently, these two supplements were thought to reduce the risk of prostate cancer.
But a new study published in the February 21 Journal of the National Cancer Institute shows the opposite is true. This study used information gathered by the Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial from 2001 to 2008, which studied a group of 36,000 men over the age of 50.
Results show that vitamin E supplements more than doubled the risk of aggressive prostate cancer in men with low selenium levels. And for men with high selenium levels who either took selenium alone or with vitamin E, the risk also nearly doubled.
Researchers concluded that, “Men should avoid selenium or vitamin E supplementation at doses that exceed recommended dietary intakes.”
In developed countries, like the U.S., we get enough selenium and vitamin E in our diets. So if you’re taking a selenium or vitamin E supplement, I recommend throwing it out immediately.