Asthma, Taking Vitamin C, A Must! By Bruce Brightman - LifeSource Vitamins
In this two-part study, British researchers first determined
whether vitamin C (1 gram per day for 16 weeks) or magnesium (450 mg per day
for 16 weeks) could control asthma symptoms better than placebo in 92 adults
with asthma. In a study like this, benefits of supplements are likely to be
small and difficult to detect because the vast majority of people with asthma
already control their symptoms using drugs. Thus, there was little opportunity
for people in this study to improve as long as they remained on the drugs,
which they did throughout the study.
Vitamin C and magnesium failed to improve symptom control significantly over
baseline levels. But as previous research has suggested that these nutrients
could offer a benefit, the authors designed a second part to the study to
discover whether any beneficial effects of the supplements might have been
masked by the drugs. To explore this, the people continued their supplement
(vitamin C, magnesium, or placebo) while undergoing a ten-week, staged
reduction in their corticosteroid medication.
Vitamin C was found to have a modest sparing effect: people who took vitamin C
were able to reduce their intake of inhaled corticosteroids without any loss of
symptom control. This is important because the side effects of corticosteroid
drugs increase when higher doses are used; reducing daily intake, even by a
small amount, could prevent some adverse effects. Magnesium was not found to be
The adrenal glands are responsible for producing the body's own corticosteroid
hormones. Research suggests that the adrenals require vitamin C to make these
hormones. Thus it makes sense that taking a vitamin C supplement could support
the body's own production of adrenal corticosteroids, possibly reducing the
amount of hormone needed in drug form.
People taking asthma medications should never abruptly discontinue their
steroid medications, even if they are taking vitamin C. Too rapid of withdrawal
from steroid medications can cause serious health problems. Always work with
the prescribing doctor to adjust the amount of any prescription medication.
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