Women who are unable to quit smoking during their pregnancy may reduce the harm smoking does to their baby’s lungs by taking vitamin C, according to a new randomized, controlled trial.
Smoking is a very dangerous habit and has been scientifically proven to increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, lung disease, gum disease, cataracts, rheumatoid arthritis, and many other serious health problems. As such, for anyone who smokes, it is well worth the effort to stop.
For chronically addicted smokers, whether pregnant or not, supplementation with vitamin C and other essential micronutrients is strongly advisable. Cigarette smoke contains millions of free radicals, which are aggressive molecules that damage the cells of the body and accelerate their biological rusting. In the body’s defense against these and other toxic molecules found in cigarette smoke, its vital supply of antioxidants are used up. Among all antioxidants, vitamin C is the first one to be destroyed. The lower levels of vitamin C that result from this process significantly increase the risk of developing life-threatening chronic diseases.