Study: Vitamins do not protect against lung cancer

February 29, 2008 1:53:33 PM PST
A new study at the University of Washington finds that long-term use of vitamin supplements does not reduce the odds of lung cancer.Researchers followed more than 70,000 adults and seniors who took a multi-vitamin, vitamin C, or folate supplements. Those people had the same risk of lung cancer as those who did not take any supplements.

On the other hand, among vitamin E users, people taking higher doses had a greater risk for lung cancer.

The recommended amount of vitamin E is 15 milligrams per day, but many in the study were taking much greater amounts.