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Eat To Grow: Whip Those Smokin? Butts

Nutrition weapons for your war on smoking.

While most bodybuilders are capable of asking a smoker to step outside, that may not be practical in all situations. People who don’t smoke but are exposed to secondhand smoke are referred to as passive smokers.

Recent studies show that exposure to environmental tobacco smoke results in increased oxidant damage linked to heart and respiratory disease. New findings provide support for efforts to minimize exposure of nonsmokers to environmental tobacco smoke and oxidizing air pollutants and demonstrate the importance of vitamin C for antioxidant protection (Nutrition Review, Vol. 58, No. 8, 2000).

Although data from passive-smoker studies were unable to estimate a specific amount of vitamin C that passive smokers should take, they did recommend a daily allowance of 75 milligrams for women and 90 milligrams for men. A 100-milligram tablet may be adequate, or take a 50-milligram tablet at two different times during the day, since vitamin C is water-soluble. For those who just won’t give up the butts, take an additional 35 to 50 milligrams a day. IM

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