There are many vitamins, minerals and nutrients that the body needs to survive and thrive, yet not all vitamins, minerals and supplements are created equal.
There are many synthetic vitamins on the market in pills now. These supplements are created with synthetic compounds in a lab and are not the same as the real vitamin produced in nature, within food. Many people claim that these synthetic vitamins are no different and the body uses them all the same, but new research is proving this to be untrue.
One vitamin for example is ascorbic acid, which is a synthetic form of vitamin C. This is derived from GMO corn and does not have near the same effect on the body as real vitamin C from a pepper or an orange. The body views this as a foreign material because the structure of it differs from real vitamin C. Click here to read more about how synthetic vitamin C negatively effects the body and what to do instead.
Recently, a naturopathic doctor by the name of Dr. Melissa Gallagher shed light on a synthetic vitamin on her youtube video that shows a connection to multiple forms of cancer in both men and women, high blood pressure, cardiac arrest, osteoporosis and more.
Synthetic Vitamin E is Known As Alpha Tocopherol
Alpha-tocopherol is a form of vitamin E and has been the subject of research into its potential role in preventing or causing cancer. While some studies have suggested that alpha-tocopherol may have anti-cancer properties, other studies have raised concerns about its potential to increase the risk of certain types of cancer.
For example, a large randomized controlled trial called the Alpha-Tocopherol, Beta-Carotene Cancer Prevention Study (ATBC) found that alpha-tocopherol supplements did not reduce the risk of lung cancer in male smokers and actually increased the risk of prostate cancer.
Another study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), found that high doses of vitamin E supplements (including alpha-tocopherol) were associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer.
More research is needed to fully understand the connection between alpha-tocopherol and cancer, and to determine the appropriate doses and forms of vitamin E that may be beneficial or harmful for cancer prevention. It is important to talk to a healthcare professional before taking any vitamin or supplement for cancer prevention.