Certain Antioxidants Improve Lung Function
Charles et al. studied the effects of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, magnesium and omega-3 fatty acids on pulmonary (lung) function in police officers.
Charles et al. concluded that an increased intake of the antioxidants vitamin A and magnesium, as well as vitamin E among current and former smokers, was associated with better pulmonary function. However, more research on the role of antioxidants on pulmonary function is needed. These results may not be applicable to to the general population because the study examined police officers only, persons who are more likely to have stronger physiques and high stress levels. It is possible that antioxidants may have different effects in other sub-populations.