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The risk is increased by some vitamins

The risk is increased by some vitamins

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Vitamins can essentially reduce the risk of cancer. But the German Cancer Society warns against taking additional amounts of nutritional supplements.

Many people seek to nourish their bodies in the best possible way by providing themselves with healthy vitamins and minerals – which is why some people turn to nutritional supplements and vitamin preparations. However, more and more experts are calling for caution when it comes to taking high doses of ACE vitamins and multivitamin preparations. Studies show that many over-the-counter vitamin supplements do not provide significant benefits. It has been shown that the risk of cancer, especially lung cancer, increases German Cancer Research Center.

What is the effect of vitamins on the development of diseases?

Studies show that taking vitamin A, vitamin B6 and B12 can increase the risk of lung cancer. © Plahutar/Imago

Various studies have now shown, such as: Stady from Journal of Clinical Investigation He points out that the risk of developing a malignant tumor in the lungs can increase by taking additional vitamins.

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Vitamins found in fruits and vegetables generally reduce the risk of cancer

It is important to know that vitamins are important for cancer prevention. Vitamins that are typically consumed through the diet generally do not pose an increased cancer risk, according to the German Cancer Research Center. In fact, it even reduces the risk of cancer. However, some high-dose vitamin supplements added to the body can pose a cancer risk.

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Studies in particular show a relationship between an increased risk of lung cancer and the effects of the following vitamins:

  • Vitamin A and beta carotene: In particular, people already in a lung cancer risk group – for example smokers or people who work with asbestos – show an additional increased risk when taking supplements containing vitamin A and beta-carotene.
  • Vitamin B6 and B12: It was found that men who took high doses of vitamin B6 and vitamin B12 over a long period of time were more likely to develop lung cancer. This risk was not observed in women.

A clear relationship between extra vitamin C intake and lung cancer has not yet been proven. Experts say more studies are needed to verify this link. However, there is already evidence from research that high doses of vitamin C supplements – especially in women – can increase the risk of lung cancer.

While some vitamins are suspected to increase cancer risk, taking vitamin D, for example, could be helpful in preventing or delaying dementia, studies show.

This article only contains general information about the health topic in question and is therefore not intended for self-diagnosis, treatment or medication. It does not, in any way, replace a visit to a doctor. Unfortunately, our editorial team cannot answer individual questions about medical conditions.

This article was created using automated assistance and was carefully reviewed by editor Natalie Hall-Deschel before publication.