Researchers at Oregon State University have found that a daily supplement of vitamin C may help maintain vitamin E levels in smokers by up to 45 percent. Smokers tend to be at risk for reduced levels of vitamin E.
Vitamin E, an antioxidant protects the body from oxidative stress, something that is in increased when someone smokes. Smoking tends to drain the body of antioxidants in the body, including vitamin E.
The double-blind study, published in Free Radical Biology and Medicine, followed eleven smokers and thirteen non-smokers for 17 days.
While further studies are needed, this study does support the notion that vitamin C can help increase low vitamin E levels in smokers.
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