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Contrary to popular belief, mega-doses of vitamin C are not the best way to get over a cold. While vitamin C supplementation does support the immune system in some people, once you have a cold, it will not help you get over it faster.
One of the most common remedy you would hear if you are suffering from common cold is an advice to take Vitamin C. However, what if we tell you that contrary to popular belief, mega-doses of vitamin C are not the best way to get over a cold. While vitamin C supplementation does support the immune system in some people, once you have a cold, it will not help you get over it faster.
It started back in the 1970s after noted Nobel prize-winning scientist Linus Pauling discovered the supposedly miraculous benefits of the vitamin and published a book on the subject.
The resulting tome, Vitamin C and the Common Cold, was a huge hit.
According Sara Chodosh from Popular Science , there is actually no real clinical evidence that quaffing lots of Tropicana will rid you of a runny nose, sore throat or other such symptoms.
“Some studies have found evidence that regular usage might shorten the duration of your cold , but not when taken after the onset of the cold,“ she writes in an excellent article discussing the subject.
“Others have found associations with daily dosage and lower risk of cardiovascular diseases, though still more have shown no relationship whatsoever.“
If you’re taking vitamin C regularly, you’ll likely experience the common cold the same number of times as if you weren’t. However, if you are taking it regularly, your symptoms may be shortened compared to if you were not taking vitamin C. Taking vitamin C after the onset of a cold, however, doesn’t appear to shorten the duration of the cold.