I started this Blog after being diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in 2010. It was a way of keeping family and friends informed. It then became a campaigning tool helping to make improvements in hospitals nationally. In 2013 we moved to Johannesburg, setting up our own e-education company. Now we have moved to Bangkok, a great base to explore SE Asia. After surgery 7 years ago my PSA remains at zero, the cancer is still undetectable, and I remain thankful.
The article, which reports the results of a huge, long-term study, is a further caution against taking high dose vitamin supplements.
There have been many attempts over the years to recreate, or boost, the protective effects of eating a healthy, balanced diet, with vitamin and nutrient supplements. However, in most cases, the trials have come out negative, or worse, have shown that supplements can makes things worse.
The current study reported on Medscape, known as SELECT, showed that instead of protecting men from prostate cancer, selenium and vitamin E supplements actually increased men’s risk. This was particularly the case if the men were already getting enough vitamin E and selenium in their diet prior to the study.
In a press statement, the leader of the study, Alan Kristal, said:
Men using these supplements should stop, period. Neither selenium nor vitamin E supplementation confer any known [health] benefits — only risks,
Many people think that dietary supplements are helpful or at the least innocuous.
This is not true”