Children exposed to the most cigarette smoke have the lowest levels of vitamin C in their blood – regardless of how much fruit and vegetables they eat or the vitamins they take – according to a study of nearly 3000 children published in the March 2001 issue of Pediatrics.
Tobacco smoke contains free radicals – a cause of both disease and aging. Here, “an apple a day” doesn’t do the trick.
Kids use up their stores of vitamin C trying to protect themselves from the smoke. But it is not enough.