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Times of India

Article Summary   by:sreeram    
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Vitamin C can save smokers lungs


Smoking is the one habit that most people cannot get rid of. It is also said that each cigarette reduces the life of a person may be a few seconds. The habit of smoking has affected rich and poor alike and lead to incurable disease of ‘Cancer’ and also several lung / respiratory diseases sometimes serious in nature. The scientists at Calcutta University and the funded institute ‘Counsel for Scientific and Industrial Research’ taken upon the task of analyzing Cigarette smoke so that they can either make the people rid of this habit or atleast prevent their health from further deterioration

Consumption of 500 mg of Vitamin C a day, in the form of tablets, leafy vegetables or Citrus fruits, can protect chain smokers from lung damage. This has been discovered by scientists at Calcutta University’s Dr.B.C. Guha centre for genetic engineering and bio technology.

The scientists of the counsel for scientific and Industrial research- funded institution have for the first time isolated the actual compounds that is most dangerous in cigarette smoke- Para Benzol semi Quinone – that causes massive oxidative damage to lung tissues then, after months of tests , the scientist discovered how Vitamin C acted as a good and anti-oxidant saving the lungs. The American patent office has recognized the discovery and granted centre patent rights. The scientists also found that per smoke , a man inhales 200 gms of PBSQ which according to them , is a very high amount .

Project head Dr. I.B.Chatterjee said that Cigarete smoke has over 4000 different compounds , 3000 of which are present in the gas phase and about 1000 in the tar phase. But nobody knows which of these are more harmful. He also mentioned this reason specifically made us carry out tests on a guinea pig model. The scientists made water extracts of the compounds and found that PBSQ causes most of the damage , including protein and gene destruction and also believe it oxidizes DNA. With the discovery the scientists believe they can isolate the compounds in the cigarette smoke taking away its harmful effects.
Published: September 14, 2005   
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