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Vitamin C may help prevent smoking related damage

Vitamin C may help reduce the increased risk of heart disease seen in smokers by blocking the increase in clot formation that occurs after cigarette smoking.

In a study reported in the Journal of Clinical Investigation researchers measured the smoking related inflammatory changes in the blood vessels of hamsters. They found that cigarette smoke caused oxidative damage to certain phospholipids which then acted on blood platelets to cause them to form clots. They then added vitamin C to the diets of the hamsters and found the damage to be reduced.