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Vitamin C and smoking

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Hamster study in the Aug. 1 issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences finds that vitamin C intake (via supplementation or dietary intake) prevents cigarette smoke-induced leukocyte aggregation and adhesion to endothelium in vivo and therefore "may exert a powerful protection from [cigarette smoke]-induced disease processes" that involve those mechanisms. Hans-Anton Lehr, MD, University of Washington Medical Center, et al. studied cigarette smoke-exposed hamsters pretreated with water-soluble vitamin C at levels easily obtained in humans with supplementation or diet
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