Vitamin E for Cancer Patients

Is Vitamin E good for Cancer? If so, is there a difference between the different options out there? What is Tocopherol and Tocotrienol?

Dr. Kevin Conners answers these questions that we get from members and listeners in this episode of Conners Clinic Live here.


Vitamin E has actually 8 main components, four inner tocotrienols and four outer tocopherols. Vitamin E has long been heralded for its antioxidant properties. Antioxidants are generally believed to inhibit the development of cardiovascular disease and cancer by neutralizing free radical damage.

Tocotrienol derivatives did not attract much attention from researchers until the late 1980s, when their cholesterol-lowering potential (Qureshi et al. 1986) and anticancer effects were described (Kato et al. 1985; Sundram et al. 1989).

Tocotrienol has been shown to reduce the transcription factor NF-κB, which is closely connected to the process of tumorigenesis (growth). A mouse model study of human pancreatic cancer, oral administration of tocotrienol inhibited tumor growth and enhanced the antitumor properties of gemcitabine by inhibiting NF-κB (Kunnumakkara et al. 2010).

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