Why you shouldn't take Vitamin E
Most of the Vitamin E on the market today is synthetic and that's why I recommend my patients never take it. If you see "d-alpha tocopherol", you know it's been produced in a lab and has nothing natural about it. Synthetic vitamins not only provide no nutritional value, but they can actually be toxic and have quite adverse effects on the human body. Studies have shown a link between Vitamin E supplementation in men and an increased risk of prostate cancer. This is from 400 units of Vitamin E daily, which is the usual dose. Any time there is a link to one type of cancer, I have to wonder what other cancers and conditions can be caused by this supplement?
Whole food supplements are the only supplements I recommend to my patients, my clients and my family. If it's produced in a lab, then it's not what nature intended for us to have inside our bodies. Natural Vitamin E is found in foods like almonds, raw seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, sesame), swiss chard, spinach, turnip greens, kale, avocado, wheat germ oil, egg yolks, broccoli and papaya. I have always believed that it is much better to obtain our nutrients in the most natural way possible. That way, no synthetic substances are put into our bodies. Life today is full of toxins we can't control, in the air and in the water. We can control what we put into our bodies, to reduce the toxicity levels. As a naturopathic doctor, I see no possible benefits to ingesting supplements that are totally synthetic or even partially synthetic. It's the reason I created VitaTree, a supplement company that doesn't use any fillers or synthetics and all the ingredients are whole-food based.
Tell me about your experiences with supplements, please leave your comments here. I have seen first -hand the effects of toxins on the human body, with the escalating rates of cancers and other diseases. I believe we can take charge of our health, do our research and live a healthy, natural life, the Vita Life!
To Your Health and Wellness!
Dr. Janine Bowring