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October 1999 Issue

As Asthma Rates Rise, So Does Promise of Help From Antioxidants

Q. Are there any foods or supplements I can take to help my asthma? A. Perhaps. Over the last two decades, a number of studies have suggested that particular nutrients, including vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, magnesium and omega-3 fatty acids, may improve asthma, a chronic lung condition characterized by airway obstruction and inflammation. Its hallmark symptoms are wheezing and shortness of breath. The research on antioxidants seems the most promising, says

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