Effects of Vitamins C and E Combination on Element Levels in Blood of Smoker and Nonsmoker Radiology X-Ray Technicians


BIOLOGICAL TRACE ELEMENT RESEARCH, vol.136, no.2, pp.140-148, 2010 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 136 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s12011-009-8528-1
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.140-148
  • Süleyman Demirel University Affiliated: Yes


X-ray radiation is detrimental to human cells and may lead to development of life-threatening diseases. Cigarette paper and cigarette smoke contain toxic elements, whereas vitamins C and E (VCE) may have regulator effects on the elements. We investigated effects of VCE administration on X-ray-induced element changes in blood of smoker and nonsmoker X-ray technicians. Twenty technicians and 30 healthy age-matched control subjects were used in the study. Ten of the X-ray technicians and 15 of the control were smokers. Blood serum samples were taken from the control. Oral vitamins C (500 mg) and E (150 mg) were supplemented daily to the smoker and nonsmoker X-ray technicians for 5 weeks. Serum samples were taken from the X-ray technicians before and after 5 weeks. Copper, zinc, selenium, aluminum, iron, magnesium, and calcium levels were investigated in control and X-ray technicians, both smokers and nonsmokers. Copper, zinc, and selenium levels were lower in the total X-ray group and smoker X-ray group than in control and nonsmoker X-ray group, although iron, magnesium, and calcium levels were higher in X-ray group than in control. The copper, zinc, selenium, and aluminum levels were higher in the VCE treatment group than those in X-ray group, although magnesium and calcium levels were decreased by the treatment. The serum zinc, copper, selenium, and magnesium levels were lower in smoker control group when compared to nonsmoker control group. The serum zinc levels were lower in smoker X-ray group than nonsmoker X-ray group, although iron level was higher in smoker X-ray group than in nonsmoker X-ray group. VCE prevents the smoke and X-ray-induced selenium, zinc, magnesium, and copper decrease to strengthen the antioxidant trace element levels in the serum of the technicians.