BALTIMORE, May 5, 2009 (UPI via COMTEX) — Children exposed to cigarette smoke have lower levels of anti-oxidants, which help the body defend against biological stresses, U.S. researchers said.
Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York looked at the levels of anti-oxidants vs. the amount of smoke exposure in more than 2,000 children and teens ages 6 and 18 in the 2003-2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
The study, presented at the Pediatric Academic Society Meeting in Baltimore, showed that secondhand smoke exposure is associated with lower levels of anti-oxidants in children.
“We don’t know enough yet to say that this group of children need supplements to make up for the anti-oxidants they’re losing, but it’s always wise to feed children an abundance of fruits and vegetables high in anti-oxidants and other healthy nutrients,” Dr. Karen Wilson said in a statement.
Anti-oxidants are believed to play an important role in protecting the body’s cells against free radicals, which can damage cells, Wilson said.
The higher the level of cotinine — a byproduct of metabolizing tobacco smoke — in a child’s blood, the lower the anti-oxidant level, after controlling for diet and supplements, the researchers said.
In my opinion Dr. Karen Wilson does not go far enough in her statement. Feeding an abundance of fruits and vegetables high in anti-oxidants is wonderful but once a person’s system is already compromised supplementation is necessary.
Best Sources of High Antioxidants Foods
Cherry, blackberry, strawberry, raspberry, crowberry, blueberry, bilberry/wild blueberry, black currant, pomegranate, grape, orange, plum, pineapple, kiwi fruit, grapefruit. Blueberries, Blueberries, Blueberries!
Kale, chili pepper, red cabbage, peppers, parsley, artichoke, brussels sprouts, spinach, lemon, ginger, red beets
- Dry Fruits high in antioxidants
Apricots, prunes, dates
Broad beans, pinto beans, soybeans
- Nuts and seeds
Pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, ground nut, sunflower seeds, flax seeds
Barley, millet, oats, corn
cloves, cinnamon, oregano, tumeric
Best Sources of High Antioxidants Suppliments
- Vitamins vitamins A, Vitamin C and Vitamin E selenium, beta carotene, Vitamin B-6, Vitamin B-12, Folic acid,
- Supplements ginkgo biloba, grape seed extract green tea extract Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) Glutathione
What to do? Keep children away from second hand smoke, including rooms and cars that had been smoked in. Fabrics and other materials tend to off gas anything that is embedded in them. Eat plenty of fruits & vegetables and at minimum take a good Vitamin Supplement.
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