A vitamin jab that shrinks tumours in a day is being hailed as a powerful new treatment for cancer.
British researchers who are testing the therapy say injecting an extract of vitamin E into the bloodstream has a rapid effect. Within 24 hours, tumours begin to shrivel and after ten days they have almost completely disappeared. So far, research has focused on the vitamin's ability to find and destroy skin cancers.
But scientists from the University of Glasgow and the University of Strathclyde, who led the research, are confident it will work for other types of tumours, too. Vitamin E is vital for helping the body to fight illness and is found in foods such as vegetable oils, cereals, nuts, green vegetables and eggs. It is rich in antioxidants that protect against disease by blocking damage from free radicals - harmful molecules that attack cells in much the same way as rust rots a car.