Can Vitamin C help with colds?

Can Vitamin C help with colds? Vitamin C is essential for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of your body, but can it really help with colds?

Vitamin C is very important to our overall health as it is essential for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of your body.

Vitamin C is mainly associated with common cold so let’s tackle this topic. We tend to supplement Vit C to eliminate a threat of getting a cold or to reduce a duration of a cold if we catch it.

Does Vit C really help with preventing and reducing the duration of the common cold?

Unfortunately, the answer is not so positive.

Extensive trials show that Vitamin C is unable to reduce the frequency of colds.

Slightly better news is that supplementation with Vitamin C is able to reduce the duration of a cold by 8%-14%. 

Not a big result but still worth pursuing. Being ill for less time is definitely a goal worth achieving even if it’s only 8%-14% less time.

Interestingly this work both when Vitamin C is taken daily to prevent the cold and when it’s taken at the beginning of the cold. So if your cold just started it’s worth to take Vitamin C. 

An interesting fact is that when athletes supplement Vitamin C the chance of getting a cold is cut in half. Since Vitamin C is essential to our growth and repair of tissues making sure we get enough Vitamin C during the times of extensive stress, exhaustion, energy expenditure will be definitely beneficial.

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