Sickness Prevention

Vitamin E may have substantial sickness prevention benefits

A recent study from the Center for Cancer Prevention Research at Rutgers Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy suggests that a diet rich in vitamin E may be an effective method of sickness prevention. Additionally, researchers suggest that it may protect against many forms of cancer, including those affecting the colon, lung and prostate.

Vitamin E can be found in many dietary supplements. However, the two most beneficial sources remain in gamma and delta-tocopherols, which are commonly found in soybean, canola and corn oils.

"Our message is that the vitamin E form of gamma-tocopherols, the most abundant form of vitamin E in the American diet, and delta-tocopherols, also found in vegetable oils, are beneficial in preventing cancers," said Chung Yang, director of the center and a primary author of the study.

Researchers want individuals to take note that all vitamin E is not the same. Yang suggests that the vitamin E that most resembles the forms found in typical healthy diets may be more conducive for sickness prevention.

The Mayo Clinic also suggests quitting smoking, routine exercise, limiting sun exposure and instilling proper nutrition may contribute to sickness prevention and can help create an overall healthier lifestyle.

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