Should You Take Vitamin C?

by Elana Garay

Vitamin C is an acidic nutrient that has been said to help the common cold that usually occurs during the cold weather. With studies, it says otherwise. “Although vitamin C has long been a popular remedy for the common cold, research shows that for most people, vitamin C supplements do not reduce the risk of getting the common cold. However, people who take vitamin C supplements regularly might have slightly shorter colds or somewhat milder symptoms when they do have a cold. Using vitamin C supplements after cold symptoms start does not appear to be helpful”, according to the National Institutes of Health of the Office of Dietary Supplements.
Of course taking too much of vitamin C isn’t the best, but still taking a required amount of vitamin C does help a bit with reducing the common cold for some people.
“The failure of vitamin C supplementation to reduce the incidence of colds in the general population indicates that routine vitamin C supplementation is not justified, yet vitamin C may be useful for people exposed to brief periods of severe physical exercise. Regular supplementation trials have shown that vitamin C reduces the duration of colds, but this was not replicated in the few therapeutic trials that have been carried out”, according to National Center for Biotechnology Information. “Nevertheless, given the consistent effect of vitamin C on the duration and severity of colds in the regular supplementation studies, and the low cost and safety, it may be worthwhile for common cold patients to test on an individual basis whether therapeutic vitamin C is beneficial for them.”
Vitamin C still has its benefits of reducing the common cold even though it might not fully for some people due to the research that has been done.