Vitamin C crystals
As colder temperatures usher in winter, flu season swiftly follows, and many people reach for vitamin C to fend off cold and flu-like symptoms. However, supplementing diets with vitamin C has little effect on lowering the risk of getting a cold or reducing a cold’s duration. This doesn’t mean you should avoid vitamin C, because although we require it for growing and repairing tissues, our body is unable to make its own vitamin C. Severe vitamin C deficiency can cause scurvy, a disease where supportive tissues in the body break down and hemorrhage. Scientists have recently found that vitamin C affects whether genes are turned on or off inside developing mouse stem cells, which could provide improvements to in vitro fertilization and new avenues for cancer treatments.
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