Supplements warning: Three pills that may ‘set the stage’ for cancer - expert insight


Supplements offer wide-ranging benefits which can bring significant improvements to some conditions. When taken at higher doses, however, they may pose certain risks. Nataly Komova, nutritionist and fitness expert at JustCBD, breaks down which three supplements are related to a greater risk of developing cancer.

Beta-carotene converts into vitamin A in the body, which can offer benefits for vision and eye health, as well as healthy skin and mucous membrane.

Nataly explained: “Beta-carotene is a dietary supplement advertised as best for our immune systems.

“However, missing the right doses of the supplement can increase skin cancer risks.”

One study of 29,999 male smoking found that participants who took 20mg of beta-carotene daily for five to eight years saw an 18 percent increase in their risk of lung cancer.

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Supplements warning: Three pills that may ‘set the stage’ for cancer - expert insight

Supplements: Some pills may increase cancer risk at higher doses (Image: Getty)

However, foods that are rich in beta-carotene are considered beneficial for health, as they appear to lower the risk of some types of cancer, and possibly heart disease.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a key fat-soluble vitamin known to protect fats in cell membranes from damage caused by oxidation.

It is particularly important for maintaining a healthy heart and circulation, skin, nerves, muscles and red blood cells.

Nataly said: “Supplement with vitamin E is a great way to achieve healthy skin and brain.

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Supplements warning: Three pills that may ‘set the stage’ for cancer - expert insight

Cancer is one of the leading causes of death around the world (Image: Getty )

Supplements warning: Three pills that may ‘set the stage’ for cancer - expert insight

What vitamins do and which foods they are in (Image: EXPRESS.CO.UK)

The findings revealed that folic and B12 supplementation was associated with a 21 percent increased risk for cancer, and a 38 percent increased risk for dying from the disease.

Nataly noted: “Folic acid is an artificial vitamin B9 we consume for healthy red blood cells.

“However, excessive consumption of this supplement sets the stage for colon cancer.

“The bottom line is these supplements are healthy when taken in the right doses.”