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Vitamin E for Your Prostate Health   

The most common malignancy in men is prostate cancer. Cancer cells affect the prostate gland and cause painful symptoms like pain in the pelvic area, back pain, frequent urination and painful urination. Though in many cases the symptoms may not be felt at early stage, it is important to remain aware of them and identify them at the earliest. Regular medical checkup can help detect the disease in its genesis. Diagnosed early, the disease can be successfully treated with medical therapies like surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy depending on the spread of the cancer and patient’s health status. In addition to medical approach, alternative therapies and food supplements (along with a healthy diet) are also necessary to fight disease. Among food supplements used to fight prostate cancer vitamin E should be considered.  

How Vitamin E Helps Prevent Prostate Cancer? 

Recent studies have revealed that Vitamin E can help prevent cancer in the prostate glands.  Vitamin E along with antioxidant nutrients such Beta Carotene, Selenium and zinc have ability to prevent the development of cancer cells. Many cancer research studies have also revealed that men who regularly took Vitamin E had lesser risk of contracting prostate cancer.  

Vitamin E has ability to impede the growth of the tumor in the prostate gland when taken along with a healthy life and diet. Its regular intake renders favorable results by inhibiting prostate malignancy. Besides preventing prostate cancer, vitamin E is also prescribed for other health disorder like heart disease, blood pressure and complications of late pregnancy.  

Vitamin E after Radiation Therapy 

Intake of Vitamin E holds significant relevance following radiation therapy for regaining health and stamina. Due to presence of antioxidant properties in vitamin E, the oxidative damage done by radioactive rays decrease or eliminate.  

Here are some of the benefits of Vitamin E for patients undergone or undergoing radiation therapy:  

·         It helps protect the prostate gland against harmful effects of X-rays and radioactive material like cobalt. 

·         It develops healthy blood cells which prevent or to cure anemia after exposure to radiation. 

·         Patients get internal as well as external immunity to face severity of radioactive materials and their by-products. 

·         It restores the proportion of fatty acids and Vitamin A in the body that tend to deplete after exposure to X-rays. 

·         Vitamin E, being powerful antioxidant, inhibits oxidation of lipids inside the cell wall. As a consequence of free radical damage, the damaging effects of lipids become redundant.  

·         Vitamin E helps in better utilization of oxygen that further expedites patient’s recovery process.  


Foods Rich in Vitamin E 

Vitamin E can be found in vegetables as in meat. But it is important to take these Vitamin E-rich foods in their fresh and natural form to receive optimal benefits. Following are some of the dietary sources of Vitamin E: 

Cereals, corn oil, cod liver oil, Soya oil, walnut, sweet potatoes, meat, wheat germ oil, poultry, sunflower seeds, almonds, sunflower oil, hazelnuts, peanut butter, olive oil, spinach, broccoli, kiwi fruit, mango, and tomato.  

Vitamin E Side Effects 

Although foods rich in Vitamin E help prevent the risk of prostate cancer and other medical conditions, it can lead to development of prostate cancer when overdosed, according to some contradictory research. High dosage of vitamin E supplement may cause haemorrhage. People who suffer from heart disease or diabetes should not take doses of 400 IU/day or more. This might increase the chance of death. In addition, vitamin E might increase the chance of having hemorrhagic stroke, a serious form of stroke that causes bleeding into the brain. Since most of the vitamin E food sources contain fat, their excessive consumption is not good for obese people.