Should I stop taking vitamin E supplements because of the SELECT study?

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Dwight L. McKee, MD
Hematology & Oncology
Despite the results of the SELECT (Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial) study, it's still an open question whether vitamin E supplements are safe and effective for preventing diseases such as prostate cancer. The important takeaway message from the SELECT study is that large doses of a specific form of vitamin E, called dl-alpha-tocopherol-acetate, proved to be ineffective for lowering the risk of prostate cancer. In fact, men given the supplements had a slightly increased risk for the disease. Yet earlier research found that much smaller doses of a different form of vitamin E, called d-alpha-tocopherol succinate, appeared to help prevent prostate cancer. As always, the best advice is to talk to your doctor about using vitamin E and any other dietary supplements.

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