Low Vitamin C levels may boost asthma risk

Low Vitamin C levels may boost asthma risk

Author -  Vicki Martin, Nutritionist and Naturopath

Naturopath Vicki Martin describes exactly how Vitamin C works to help defeat infections

A recent review suggests people who don’t eat enough Vitamin C foods may have an increased risk of asthma.

According to the European Federation of Allergy and Airway Diseases Patients Association (EFA), over 30 million Europeans suffer from asthma. They estimate that this costs Europe 9 billion Euros (nearly $NZ16 billion) every year in lost productivity. Asthma is on the rise in the Western world, and is the most common chronic condition in the UK today. In the USA, almost 20 million Americans suffer from asthma; and the condition is reported to be responsible for over 14 million lost school days.

Researchers noted that these new findings are plausible, since Vitamin C has well-known anti-inflammatory and antioxidant actions. They found low blood levels of Vitamin C and low dietary intakes of Vitamin C foods were associated with a 12% increase in the risk of asthma. 

Thorax. “Association between antioxidant vitamins and asthma outcome measures: systematic review and meta-analysis” Authors: J.A. Leonardi-Bee et al.