Vitamin C and Colds: Does it Really Help?

It just so happens that with fall just around the corner that cold season is coming. So let me ask you an important question—what do you reach for at the first sign of a sore throat, stuffy nose, and tickle in your throat…sniff? If you pop Vitamin C in the form of either a supplement, glass of juice, cup of tea or cough suppressant form, you’re not alone.

But does vitamin C really do anything to ward off a cold? Let’s find out…

 

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1. What Is Vitamin C?

Vitamin C is most associated with oranges. However, the body requires this powerful antioxidant for strengthening immunity and fighting off illness as well as for iron absorption, and to keep blood vessels, bones, and muscles in strong working order.

While vitamin C is naturally occurring in oranges, you can also get a boost from any citrus fruits, mango, and kiwi. And don’t forget that fresh veggies—such as red and green bell peppers, broccoli and Brussels sprouts—are also super sources of C. If you’re not huge on salads, vitamin C can also be found in oral supplements and even flavored chewable tablets.

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