Vitamin C & Antihistamine Effect

Posted on: Thu, 02/07/2002 - 12:47pm
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After having 4 respiratory infections in short period of time, my physician recommended that I increase my intake of Vitamin C. So, I added 1-2 16 oz. glasses of orange juice to my diet on a daily basis. This was in addition to the fruits and vegetables I was already eating. (Sometimes, I would go 2-3 days without fruit.) I also am drinking 4 16 oz. glasses of water per day now.

I have not been sick for a day for a whole year now. I have never gone this long without being sick since my early 20's and have not had a single asthma problem. Usually I have sore throats several times a year, sinus infections or strep once/twice per year, and bronchitis once per year I have asthma and allergies.

I started doing research on Vitamin C on the Internet. There are some recent studies that indicate that Vitamin C has antihistamine qualities and especially works well for the lung. There are studies that show a reduced incidence of both asthma and allergies when persons increase their intake to 1000 mg. per day. There are some studies that Vitamin C also works well for exercise induced asthma. If you want to read about these studies put in the search term "asthma and Vitamin C"

My 16 year old has asthma and allergies and we have just started her with Vitamin C tablets. 500 mg. twice per day per our physician.

Just thought some of you might be interested in trying it.

Posted on: Sun, 02/10/2002 - 12:14am
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I read some similar information and started my 8 year old pa daughter on 500 mg a day. She has never been better. I will only recommend it during cold and flu season, but she has not contracted nearly as many upper respiratory problems and colds. She normally has a cold and or pnemonia very often during the school year. It has been a big help. Good luck!

Posted on: Sun, 02/10/2002 - 7:12am
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I put my son on a higher dose of vit C during spring allergy season bcs of the antihistimine effect. Seems to help.
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