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“People who smoked during pregnancy and received vitamin C supplements gave birth to children with better airway function and a lower occurrence of wheezing at the age of five, compared to those who did not receive the vitamin, a recent clinical trial reports.” [Source: nutraingredients.com]


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.

To see a previous study carried out by the same research team which found that giving a 500 milligram daily dose of vitamin C to pregnant smokers improves the airway function of infants, visit the United States National Library of Medicine’s PubMed website.

For further information on the importance of ensuring a proper supply of micronutrients during pregnancy, see parts one and two of the special pregnancy feature article on our website.