While you can adopt the greatest diet for cancer prevention and, at the same time, you can do your absolute best to stay away from foods that have been connected to developing cancer, there is also a vitamin that has been shown to increase the body’s capacity to combat cancer.
Vitamin E has worked better than chemotherapy in some cases, according to researchers at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, who discovered that vitamin E improved the effectiveness of cancer immunotherapies in their study that was published in Cancer Discovery. In fact, patients treated with ICT and vitamin E “had considerably enhanced survival.”
Vitamin E’s potential benefit in cancer prevention and, more specifically, when combined with chemotherapy, has been investigated in a number of studies. However, this is the first study to look at vitamin E supplements’ impact on immune checkpoint therapy-based cancer immunotherapy.” Melissa Mitri, MS, RD of the nutrition site FinvsFin tells us.
“Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that may provide body protection,” according to Mitri. “As an antioxidant, vitamin E aids in the prevention of free radicals, (harmful molecules that are in the environment) from getting into the body and causing any damage. Since cancer cells frequently replicate as a result of this damage tot he body, there has been research into the potential role vitamin E might play in preventing cancer development.”
“There is a lot of debate around vitamin E’s efficacy in combination with cancer immunotherapy. This is one of the first studies to look at this combination, and therefore further research is required to reach a definitive conclusion,” Mitri adds. “However, it appears that good nutrition in general, as well as vitamin E, is critical for both preventing cancer and coping with cancer therapy, and cannot be overlooked.”
Finally, if you are concerned that your vitamin E intake is not enough, Mitri has some great advice for you: “Almonds, sunflower seeds, peanut butter, beets, wheat germ, and leafy greens including spinach and collard greens are all good sources of vitamin E that you can add to your diet.”