Skip to content
Flat Rate Shipping Only $6.95 on Any Order Size - and Always FREE for Club Members
Flat Rate Shipping Only $6.95 on Any Order Size - and Always FREE for Club Members

Vitamin C Shortens Length and Severity of Common Cold

As antibiotics are useless for treating the common cold, many people use vitamin C to try to treat and prevent colds. A recent study provides scientific backing to this practice. It found that taking vitamin C supplements reduces the length of colds in adults by 8% and in children by 18%.

The researchers analyzed 29 clinical trials to determine vitamin C’s effect on the common cold. They found that it reduced the severity of symptoms as well as the duration of colds.

Vitamin C, however, did not have an effect on the likelihood of catching a cold, except for in individuals under high, short-term physical stress, such as marathon runners, skiers and soldiers. For those individuals, vitamin C reduced the probability of coming down with a cold by 50%.

The researchers concluded that vitamin C is most beneficial in fighting the symptoms of a cold, rather than in preventing one. They recommend that more therapeutic research be undertaken to determine the exact effect of vitamin C on the common cold.

This study was conducted by researchers at the University of Helsinki, Finland. It was published online on January 31, 2013 in the Cochrane Library.

Vitamin C is an essential nutrient that has been linked to numerous other health benefits including heart health, brain health, eye health and improved mood. It can be found in high levels in citrus fruits and dark leafy greens such as cantaloupe, oranges, kiwis, papaya, broccoli and kale.

Previous article Vitamin D May Help Improve Eczema

Related Posts

Study Identifies 5 Diet and Lifestyle Factors That May Help Relieve Symptoms of GERD
Study Identifies 5 Diet and Lifestyle Factors That May Help Relieve Symptoms of GERD
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) occurs when stomach acid frequent...
Read More
Study Finds Dietary Fiber Inversely Associated With Depression in Pre-Menopausal Women
Study Finds Dietary Fiber Inversely Associated With Depression in Pre-Menopausal Women
Dietary fiber adds bulk to your diet and makes you feel full faster, whi...
Read More
Mediterranean Diet May Help Slow Progression of Prostate Cancer
Mediterranean Diet May Help Slow Progression of Prostate Cancer
The foundation of the Mediterranean diet is vegetables, fruits, herbs, n...
Read More

Join Us for Subscriber Only Offers, Product Announcements, and Health News You Can Use!

×