London - Scientists believe that the vitamins packed into spinach could deliver a knockout blow against liver cancer.

A diet laced with Popeye’s favourite snack, which has high levels of vitamin E, can slash the likelihood of developing the disease – the third most common cause of cancer deaths in the world.

The vitamin, which is also found in nuts, sunflower seeds, avocados and dried apricots, has long been associated with a reduced risk of cancer, although results from previous studies have proved inconsistent.

But now Chinese scientists claim a high consumption of vitamin E through diet or supplements does affect risk levels.

Researchers at the Shanghai Cancer Institute analysed the dietary habits of 132,837 people, and they found that those who had a high intake of vitamin E had a lower risk of developing liver cancer when compared to those who had a low intake of the vitamin. - Daily Mail