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L-carnitine aided lung function in asthmatic kids

Chronic asthma, which inflames and constricts airways making breathing difficult, is common in children. In this study, 50 children with moderate asthma took a capsule containing 1,050 mg of L-carnitine each morning, or a placebo. After six months, compared to placebo and compared to the start of the study, children in the L-carnitine group had significantly fewer emergency room visits, total hospital admissions, and need for oral steroids.

Doctors also measured immune-system signs of allergic reaction and found that eosinophils–a type if white blood cell that increases when allergies flare–decreased significantly in the L-carnitine group, both compared to placebo and to levels before starting the study. Researchers said lung function significantly improved in those who took L-carnitine compared to those who did not, and that they believe this is the first study to investigate the benefit of L-carnitine supplements in asthmatic children.

Reference: Journal of Allergy; 2012, Article ID 509730, Electronic Prepublication

From the June 2012 newsletter

Van's Health on July - 28 - 2012
categories: Supplements

 Vitamin C lowers asthma symptoms

There are two main causes of asthma: muscles around lung airways can tighten, and airways can become inflamed. Together, these changes constrict airflow in and out of the lungs, causing wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath. Doctors said prior research on asthma and vitamin C was not conclusive, and in this study gave 60 children with asthma, aged 7 to 10, 200 mg of vitamin C per day, or a placebo. At the start and end of the study, researchers measured how much air each child could forcibly exhale, which asthma impairs.

Compared to the start of the study, while there was no change for placebo, older children with severe asthma who had been exposed to mold or dampness in their bedroom for more than one year before the study could expel 21 percent more air, and younger children with mild asthma who were not exposed to bedroom mold or dampness could expel 37 percent more air.

Reference: Clinical and Translational Allergy; 2011, Vol. 1, No. 9, Electronic Prepublication

From the December 2011 newsletter

Van's Health on January - 4 - 2012
categories: Supplements, Vitamins
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