Don’t be Misled: This Vitamin Lowers Your Risk for Lung Cancer


It’s one of the most important antioxidants for adding years to your life. Vitamin E protects you from heart disease and chromosome damage. Getting the right form reduces your risk for lung cancer by 61 percent.1 But the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) says otherwise.

The USPSTF is an independent panel of non-federal medical experts. Their goal is to make up-to-date and accurate recommendations about preventive medicine. But they missed the mark on this one. Big time.

Their verdict on this vitamin? There’s no reason to take it.2

And the mainstream media has reported this without question. They say this vital nutrient actually raises lung cancer risk. And if you already have lung cancer, vitamin E makes it grow and spread nearly three times faster. According to most media outlets, you should go out of your way to avoid it.

That advice could increase your chances of developing lung cancer—for a very simple reason… They used the wrong form of the vitamin.

Make no mistake, there’s a major flaw in the research the media outlets aren’t talking about.

In their study, researchers used DL-alpha tocopherol. It’s the manmade form of vitamin E. Synthetic vitamins don’t work as effectively as natural ones. And vitamin E is no exception.

Your body has to work harder to recognize it.3 But that’s not what makes it so dangerous.

DL-alpha tocopherol is a chemical byproduct. It comes from petroleum processing. Taking it can disrupt your endocrine system and throw your hormone production out of balance.

It’s similar in structure to the natural form of vitamin E. Its name even looks like the natural form of the vitamin, D-alpha tocopherol. But that one “L” makes all the difference. The “DL” form doesn’t support your health the like the natural “D” version.4

We’re not surprised that the USPSTF didn’t find benefit to taking synthetic vitamin E. We’re not even shocked that taking it could make lung cancer spread faster. But to not differentiate the natural vitamin from chemical waste? Well that’s just entirely irresponsible.

Don’t let deceptive headlines trick you about vitamin E. The natural form—D-alpha tocopherol—is a powerful antioxidant and vital to your health.

You can never go wrong by getting nutrients from natural, healthy foods. Wild-caught salmon, hazelnuts, almonds, and avocado are all high in natural vitamin E. You can still choose to get your vitamin E from a supplement. Just be sure it uses D-alpha tocopherol and not the deadly knockoff.

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  1. Richard says:

    I could not find a place to buy this supplement on this site. So I found another website to get it from. But I was not sure if I should trust them. So I was hoping you could tell me if I can. I left a copy of some info on the brand and the name of the vitamin below. Thanks for any info you con give me :)

    Nature’s Life Vitamin E d-Alpha And Mixed Tocopherols — 400 IU – 50 Softgels

    52% off
    Retail price: $11.99
    Vitacost price: $5.66

    P.S. I really need your advice I recently won the fight with lung cancer and I don’t want to take something that not only doesn’t work but might even be harmful to my health!
    Thanks again,

  2. Carla says:

    Congratulations Richard. My husband is fighting that battle now and winning. This news is AWESOME. I always like vitamin E for my skin and such. So this is great news.

  3. M says:

    So Moses did live until he was 120 etc

  4. Dan says:

    The article should have mentioned that dalpha tocopherol by itself is not desirable; you need mixed tocopherols. There needs to be a balance of all four tocopherols. In particular, gamma-tocopherol may be the most important. Then there are the four tocotrienols. The best supplement to take is a full-spectrum supplement that contains the four tocopherols and the four tocotrienols. That’s why it’s best to eat vitamin E-rich foods, since they will provide a complete Vitamin E.

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