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Antioxidants may help asthmatics

According to a new study from the University of Washington antioxidant vitamin supplements may help relieve the symptoms of asthma.

The researchers measured the amount of breath expelled by the lungs in 17 asthma sufferers. The subjects took peak flow lung function tests while running on a treadmill and breathing in high levels of polluted air.

In those asthmatics whose diets were supplemented with daily doses of 400 IU of vitamin E and 500 mg of vitamin C an 18 percent increase in peak flow capacity was seen.