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Vitamin C and smokers

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Oral vitamin C has a positive short-term effect on endothelial function in healthy young adult smokers, but offers no long-term benefits, researchers from the Royal Prince Albert Hospital, Sydney, Australia and the University of Turku, Finland report in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The results stem from an eight-week randomized, double-blind crossover study conducted by Olli Raitakari, MD/PhD, et al., to determine whether vitamin C's antioxidant properties could improve subjects' endothelial functioning and reduce the risk of heart disease. Two hours after an initial 2 g dose, subjects demonstrated improved endothelial function compared to baseline, but subsequent 1 g daily doses effected no substantial change, the researchers state
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