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In Brief: Vitamin C/asthma study

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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Vitamin C/asthma study: Vitamin C "may have a protective effect on the airway hyperreactivity in some patients with EIA [exercise induced asthma]," study published in the April edition of Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine concludes. However, "the efficacy of vitamin E in preventing EIA cannot be predicted," the researchers, Herman Cohen, MD, et al., Tel Aviv University, say. In the study, 20 asthma patients ages 7-28 were randomly assigned to 2 g ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) or a placebo one hour before a seven-minute treadmill session, after which pulmonary tests were conducted. The groups then switched to the alternate therapies. Nine of the 20 patients experienced the "protective effect" in conjunction with ascorbic acid use...
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