Vitamin Myths again

Ralph L. Samson 73071.20 at COMPUSERVE.COM
Thu May 28 06:33:45 EST 1998

Dear immuno readers,
       On a posting on 3/17, I suggested that Dr. Mark Levine's discovery
of the absorption of Vitamin C from the blood by neutrophils when under
attack might be equally applicable to macrophages.  Now a recent study
from Finland, reported in "Circulation", seems to verify this.  They
measured the effect of 30 minutes in a smoke-filled room on levels of
antioxidants in the blood, including Vitamin C.  The reduction would
be due to the response of macrophages in lung tissue.  Actually the
reduction is a desirable immune system response.  All that is needed
is to have enough Vitamin C in circulation so that the depletion still
leaves a sufficient amount for good immune system response elsewhere.
And of course, smokers should take lots of Vitamin C.
Regards, Ralph L. Samson

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