A new study released found a relationship between vitamin D, selenium, and prostate cancer. What I know is this will get a lot of press. The last big article about multiple vitamins not preventing heart disease and cognitive decline also got a lot of press. Did anyone see the link between multiple vitamins and decrease risk of cataracts? It is doubtful.
I have read the summary of the article so I really cannot fully comment on the validity of the study. It may be completely accurate. However if you read my article on the multiple vitamin you will see that that study had its faults.
What I would like to know about this study was what type of vitamin E was used. In many studies will see that they only use a synthetic vitamin E which I do not recommend. I recommend a complete mixture of vitamin E with tocotrenols.
I would also like to know what type of selenium was used in the study. All this information would be very helpful to know because studies such as this do not necessarily tell us the whole truth.
Since there are variety of types of vitamin E and selenium what the study could tell us is that these types increase the risk of prostate cancer.
I would like to compare this to a statement such as statins cause memory disturbances. (This statement is just hypothetical.) The use of one specific Staten drug in a study such as this does not tell us about all the different varieties of Staten drugs. Different ones have different effects in the same is true with vitamin E and selenium.
Remember you only get to see the bad studies in the press. It is rare that they publish the good ones.