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Study proposes taking Vitamin C to beat common cold

Common Cold

One of the most annoying illnesses is common cold and according to a new study Vitamin C could be of great help in your fight against this viral disease.

Considering common cold is a viral infection, it affects everyone for a certain number of days, but a new study claims that Vitamin C could significantly help reduce the duration of the viral infection. Researchers found through a study that people who consumed six-eight grams of Vitamin C per day during their cold helped them reduce its duration.

Scientists point out that while Vitamin C intake doesn’t reduce the average incidence of colds in the general population, its intake has helped halve the number of colds in physically active people.

University of Helsinki, Finland, researcher say that their studies have shown Vitamin C to act consistently on the duration of cold and because of its easy availability at a low cost and its safety, physicians should test whether whether therapeutic eight gram per day Vitamin C is beneficial for their patients.

People can check this out themselves as well say the researchers and self-dosing of Vitamin C must be started as soon as possible after the onset of common cold symptoms to be most effective.

If you don’t intend to take Vitamin C in the form of supplements, you can always opt for food that provides Vitamin C. The Vitamin is present bell peppers, dark leafy greens, kiwi fruit, broccoli, berries, citrus fruits, tomatoes, peas, and papayas.

Various animal studies have found that Vitamin C significantly prevents and alleviates infections caused by diverse bacteria, viruses, and protozoa. However, the practical importance of Vitamin C in human infections was not yet known.

For the study, the team analysed two randomised trials which investigated the effects of two Vitamin C doses on the duration of the common cold. The results showed that people who had six gram per day dose of Vitamin C shortened the duration of cold by 17 per cent, while the eight gram per day dose shortened the duration of cold by 19 per cent.


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