Consumer Reports: Vitamin C caution – Channel3000.com – WISC-TV3

CHARLOTTE –

AMERICANS SPENT MORE THAN A BILLION DOLLARS ON VITAMIN

C SUPPLEMENTS LAST YEAR.

– ADAM –

– ADAM –

IT MAY SEEM LIKE A GOOD IDEA TO TAKE A BOOST OF VITAMIN

C WHEN YOU’VE GOT A COLD, BUT CONSUMER REPORTS SAYS

THAT COULD BE A MISTAKE.

NATSOT: Sneeze

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The common cold can leave you sniffling, sneezing,

and aching for a week or longer.

Vitamin C at the store While you might be tempted

to try anything just to feel better sooner, think

twice before loading up on vitamin C supplements.

Chances are, you’re already too late.

SOT partially covered

CHYRON:

LAUREN COOPER

CONSUMER REPORTS

There is some evidence that shows taking a daily dose

of vitamin C supplement on a regular basis while you’re

still healthy might shorten your cold by a day or

so.

But starting a vitamin Csupplement once you’re already

sick really won’t help.

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And taking vitamin C supplements won’t prevent a cold

in the first place, according to the National Institutes

of Health.

Taking high doses of vitamin C can also cause other

health problems.

For example, studies have shown that men who take

excessive amounts are twice as likely to develop kidney

stones.

And consuming more than 2-thousand milligrams of vitamin

C a day can cause an upset stomach and painful cramps.

In general, the N-I-H recommends 90 milligrams per

day for men and 75 milligrams a day for women for

maintaining good health.

That’s about the equivalent of a single orange.

SOT: Lauren Cooper

The best way to get the vitamin C you need is the

old fashioned way, from fruits and vegetables.

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Some of the best foods for vitamin C include red and

green peppers, citrus fruits, kiwi, and broccoli.

As for that cold, forget the quick fix.

If you need some relief from your symptoms, choose

over-the-counter medications like
ibuprofen or acetaminophen

for aches and fever, or singleingredientdecongestants.

To help your cough, try throat lozenges or honey.

And of course, get plenty of rest, drink lots of fluids,

and if you’d like, pick up a good humidifier.

MICHELLE LI, NEWS 3 THIS MORNING

ADAM –

NOW, ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH,

VITAMIN C SUPPLEMENTS MAY INTERACT OR INTERFERE WITH

CERTAIN KINDS OF TREATMENTS AND DRUGS.

THAT INCLUDES CHEMOTHERAPY AND HEART MEDICATION.

IT’S BEST TO ALWAYS CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE

TAKING ANY DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS.

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