Vitamin C Like You’ve Never Seen It Before
The first week of 2015 is shaping up to be a frigid one, with the National Weather Service reporting bitterly cold temperatures and snow moving across large swaths of the northern U.S.
When the mercury falls, many people start thinking about getting sick. One of the first things they turn to in order to avoid the misery of the common cold or flu is vitamin C. Though many studies have shown that most people see little benefit from taking the vitamin to decrease the incidence and severity of the common cold, the public gulps the stuff down when the temperature plummets.
Reviewing the current research out there, the NIH’s National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health says taking vitamin C does not prevent colds and only slightly reduces their length and severity. The best chance a person has of not catching the flu, meanwhile, is to get the yearly influenza vaccination since there is no conclusive evidence that taking any supplement is useful.