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Antioxidants improve lung function.

  A recent study conducted by Cornell University reported that antioxidants, including vitamins E and C, help protect lung function and may help prevent asthma, emphysema and chronic bronchitis. The study was based on a population sample in the US, but also included data from China. Researchers led by Dr. Patricia Cassano, epidemiologist in Cornell's Division of Nutritional Sciences, studied smokers and non-smokers and found that "the beneficial effects of consuming high levels of antioxidants are significant." According to Cassano, the difference between people with above average levels of major antioxidants and those with below-average levels is equivalent to the difference between the lung function of non-smokers versus those who've smoked a pack a day for ten years.  
  PR Newswire, May 27, 1998.  
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