Let's Talk: Vitamin C

Since cold and flu season is upon us, it’s a common practice to reach for the vitamin C supplements in order to help fight off the yearly infection.

The theory has been popular since the 1970s - and we have Nobel prize winner Linus Pauling to thank for that.
Sadly, those claims weren’t actually sustained by any kind of real studies. And in the years that have followed, subsequent studies haven’t exactly had promising results.

Sadly, from what we know, it most likely won’t prevent you getting sick during the snivelly season. But it’s not all empty promises.

What we do know is that vitamin C may help reduce the severity of a cold if you’ve already caught one. It may also reduce the duration of said cold as well (not a great deal, but the less time you spend sick, the better!).

Better than nothing, right?

We know that vitamin C has a direct benefit to the human immune system. It’s a powerful antioxidant. Those who are deficient will have weakened immune systems, and having an infection will deplete vitamin C from the system.

Your body cannot produce it, so make sure you’re intake is adequate. Beware, however: like everything in life, moderation is key. Getting enough vitamin C is fantastic for your health, but getting too much will be detrimental.

Stay healthy and have a fantastic new year!

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