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Does taking Vitamin C Prevent Colds?

5:24 AMM Khan


 I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but truth must be told. It's probably also not a good time, with round 2 (or is it round 3) of frigid cold sweeping the nation ,or maybe this might be just the time.


 
Here we go, debunking another medical myth- Vitamin C does not prevent colds.
 
So, if you are feeling the beginning of the sniffles and loading up on your ascorbic acid, the cold will not remain at bay for very long.  Studies have shown,  Vitamin C does not prevent the common cold, but in few, reduced the duration of the symptoms.
 
Breaking it down:
 
Taking, small dosage of Vitamin C regularly, will not prevent colds, but you might experience slight improvement in symptoms. Keeping in mind though, excess Vitamin C increases risk of kidney stones. If you take Vitamin C, after the onset of your cold symptoms, there is no effect (or same effect as placebo).
 

{These are some common medical myths that either makes me chuckle or seriously concerned. So I share them with you in hopes that you will benefit and share with others.}






References:
1: Douglas RM, Hemilä H, Chalker E, Treacy B. Vitamin C for preventing and treating the common cold. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2007 Jul 18;(3):CD000980.

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