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article imageStudy: Vitamin C can help asthmatic children

By Kathleen Blanchard     Aug 30, 2011 in Health
Researchers now say vitamin C could help children suffering from asthma, but how much depends on severity and exposure to environmental triggers.
In the study, mildly asthmatic children without exposure to mold and dampness experienced the greatest benefit from vitamin C administration.
Drs Mohammed Al-Biltagi from the Tanta University in Egypt and Harri Hemila from the University of Helsinki in Finland studied the effect of 0.2 grams per day of vitamin C among 60 Egyptian children age 7 to 10 years.
Children age 7 to 8.2 with “mild” asthma symptoms and without exposure to mold and dampness had the most significant improvements in lung function from the vitamin.
The scientists also found some benefits from vitamin C for older children exposed to mold and dampness in their bedroom more than one year before the study.
The researchers measured the effect of vitamin C by testing forced expiratory lung volume – FEV1, which is the amount of air that can be forcibly exhaled per one second.
In younger children FEV1 level increased by 37% with vitamin C administration. In the older group with mold damp condition exposure history, forced expiratory volume improved by 21 percent.
The authors concluded, “We found strong evidence that the effect of vitamin C on asthmatic children is heterogeneous. Further research is needed to confirm our findings and identify the groups of children who would receive the greatest benefit from vitamin C supplementation.”
The study, published in Clinical and Translational Allergy, August 25, 2011, found vitamin C benefits asthmatic children, but the effect of 0.2 grams per day is dependent on age and severity of symptoms. The researchers plan to continue their studies, which previously showed vitamin C can help a subgroup of children with asthma.
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