Larger doses of vitamin C may benefit treatment of the common cold


2017-03-30 15:33

Researchers say that larger doses of vitamin C may be associated with a greater decrease in the duration of the common cold.

The common cold creates a great deal of misery and can be very costly in terms of absence from school and work. It often seems as if the best you can do for a cold is let it run it's course. However research implies it may be possible to shorten the duration of a cold with vitamin C.

There may be a greater decrease in the duration of a common cold with larger doses of vitamin C

The University of Helsinki has reported via EurekAlert that there may be a greater decrease in the duration of a common cold with larger doses of vitamin C. This association between the dose of vitamin C and the effects it has on how long a common cold lasts may extend to 6-8 grams daily.

Infections which are caused by diverse bacteria, viruses, and protozoa are significantly prevented and alleviated with vitamin C

It has been observed in many studies done with different species of animals that infections which are caused by diverse bacteria, viruses, and protozoa are significantly prevented and alleviated with vitamin C. The susceptibility to, and the severity of infections in people is influenced by vitamin C. A dose dependent effect of vitamin C on the common cold has been demonstrated.

Dr. Harri Hemilä, who is from the University of Helsinki, Finland, has said it would be worthwhile for individuals suffering from the common cold to test whether or not a therapeutic dose of 8 g/day of vitamin C is of benefit for them. After all there has been a consistent effect of vitamin C on how long common colds last and vitamin C is safe and not expensive.

The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics has reported on research dealing with how effective vitamin C is in fighting the common cold. Researchers have studied how effective vitamin C is in preventing and relieving the symptoms of respiratory infections which are induced by viruses. It has been observed symptoms of a common cold decreased by 85 percent with megadoses of vitamin C. Vitamin C certainly appears to have a lot to offer cold sufferers and the higher the doses the more effective this intervention may be.

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