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treating a cold with vitamin c

Vitamin C for the Common Cold

The Vitamin C Debate Is vitamin C effective at preventing a cold or other virus? Does eating foods high in vitamin C or taking C supplements reduce the duration or severity of sickness? The effect of vitamin C on the common cold has been a subject of debate for more than 70 years with numerous studies attempting to tease out a cause and effect relationship (Hemila, 2013). While the idea that vitamin C is effective against colds and other viruses predates Dr. Linus Pauling, he was most certainly influential in drawing a