Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Cancer
A longtime theory has argued that the adequacy of the supply of antioxidant vitamins to people’s cells and tissues has a role in cancer’s development, progress, and outcomes. A team headed by Ian Coulter, Ph.D., of the Southern California Evidence-Based Practice Center at RAND, analyzed the literature (selecting 38 studies for detailed review) on whether two antioxidants—vitamin C and vitamin E—prevent, treat, and/or modify the risks for cancer. They concluded that neither of the supplements were effective for these purposes, at the doses and in the populations tested. They noted that there were a few isolated findings of benefit, but these would need to be studied further in order to be confirmed, and the findings from randomized clinical trials were generally negative.