Vitamin C may help shorten colds [Research]

We know that Vitamin C supplementation is recommended to prevent a cold, but new research shows that it may also help shorten the duration of colds.

Scientists from the University of Helsinki, Finland, found that, if taken at the onset, relatively high doses of vitamin C may shorten the length of a cold. “Given the consistent effect of vitamin C on the duration of colds, and its safety and low cost, it would be worthwhile for individual common cold patients to test whether therapeutic 8g/day vitamin C is beneficial for them,” said head researcher Dr Harri Hemilä.

[ Also see: How to boost your immune system.]

”Self-dosing of vitamin C must be started as soon as possible after the onset of common cold symptoms to be most effective,” he added.

Additionally, studies show that a new technology known as liposomal encapsulation may increase the bioavailability of important nutrients in the body, including vitamin C. Liposomes are tiny, “nano-sized” fat soluble bubbles made from phospholipids. Liposomal encapsulation of vitamin C helps improve absorption and protects against degradation as the contents pass through the harsh digestive system and into the blood.

Author: Tanja Schmitz

Co-Publisher at Maverick Media and until recently, Fitness Magazine editor. Tanja now manages multiple digital platforms, consults and create exciting campaigns and opportunities in the fitness industry. You’ll find her behind her computer or on her bike, dreaming up new ways to improve or create content for you.

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