Vitamins C and E reduce chances of asthma and the need for medication

Asthma is increasing in Japanese children, and doctors suspect increases in processed foods and decreases in fruits and vegetables in the diet as the culprit. Because vitamins C and E protect cells through antioxidant activity, researchers measured these nutrient levels and the total diets of 452 Japanese children, aged 3 to 6, with or without asthma.

Compared to kids who got the least vitamin C or E, those with the highest levels were 65 and 68 percent, respectively, less likely to develop asthma. Doctors also found a small tendency for children who ate the most fruit to have lower chances of developing asthma.

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