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Scientists at Purdue University claim that the type of Vitamin E found in many plant seeds (walnuts, pecans, sesame seeds, corn, sesame oil) might slow the growth of prostate and lung cancer cells. The Vitamin E found in nutritional supplements does not appear to have the same affect. In laboratory trials, the vitamin E (gamma-tocopherol) was able to stop the synthesis of sphingolipids which make up cell membranes. Only cancer cells were targeted thus no healthy tissue was damaged. This type of Vitamin E may prevent inflammation and may thus be useful in cancer and cardiovascular disease therapies.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by New Kerala
About: Certain form of Vitamin E has anticancer properties
Date: 15 December 2004
Source: New Kerala
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