“The current consensus is that evidence to date is insufficient to support taking vitamin E to prevent cancer, and large doses may increase the risk of prostate cancer,” warned Ms Cunningham.
She continued: “Note that for those on cancer treatment, it isn’t recommended to have any high-dose antioxidant supplements (such as vitamins A, C and E), as the evidence is inconclusive as to whether antioxidants can be too protective to the cancer cells that the chemotherapy or radiation therapy is trying to target.”
According to Ms Cunningham, antioxidants from food do not have the same effect and are beneficial to include in the diet.
What does the expert recommend?
“Ditch the supplements (which means you don’t have to worry about taking too much) and aim to meet your nutritional needs through a wide range of foods.”