For years Vitamin C and orange juice have had the reputation as being effective at fighting the common cold. Research, however, doesn’t back up those claims.
Nevertheless, with this year’s BRUTAL cold and flu season, sales of orange juice are on the rise for the first time in 5 years.
If you’re suffering, though, and lookig for something that will deliver the knockout punch against that nasty cold, scientists are saying that zinc, NOT vitamin c, may just be the thing you’re looking for.
“Studies have found that vitamin C does nothing to prevent or treat the common cold — and the research on vitamin C and the flu has been inconclusive.
Instead of vitamin C, the available evidence does support the use of another supplement — zinc.
‘Routine vitamin C supplementation is not justified’
A 2013 review of 29 trials which involved more than 11,300 people found “no consistent effect of vitamin C … on the duration or severity of colds.” The only place the authors observed some benefits of vitamin C supplementation was in marathon runners, skiers, and soldiers on “subarctic exercise” — and even in those small populations, the observed effect was small.
“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,” the study authors wrote.
And megadoses of vitamin C — on the order of 2,000 milligrams or more — may come with substantial harms, including raising your risk of painful kidney stones.
If you want to increase your overall vitamin and mineral intake, research backs getting it from fresh fruits and vegetables. This is the best way for your body to process it and ensures you get the most nutrients possible.”
I don’t know about you, but I still love a glass of good, fizzy Emergen-cee. It may simply be a placebo effect, but I feel that it really does help me stay well during cold and flu season.
In light of this study, though, I think I’m going to drop by the drugstore and pick up some zinc… for a just in case situation. After all, you can never be too prepared!