In Brief

October 1997 Issue

Vitamin C Aids Asthma

Vitamin C may help ease the discomfort for some people with exerciseinduced asthma (EIA), by protecting against damaging oxidants in the lungs. In a well-controlled study from Tel Aviv University in Israel, a single dose of 2,000 milligrams of ascorbic acid (vitamin C), taken one hour before exercising on a treadmill, prevented or lessened the severity of wheezing attacks and lung discomfort in 11 of 20 participants.

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