Consumer Reports: Vitamin C caution – Channel3000.com – WISC-TV3
AMERICANS SPENT MORE THAN A BILLION DOLLARS ON VITAMIN
C SUPPLEMENTS LAST YEAR.
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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.
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.
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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
But starting a vitamin Csupplement once you’re already
sick really won’t help.
And taking vitamin C supplements won’t prevent a cold
in the first place, according to the National Institutes
Taking high doses of vitamin C can also cause other
For example, studies have shown that men who take
excessive amounts are twice as likely to develop kidney
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.
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The best way to get the vitamin C you need is the
old fashioned way, from fruits and vegetables.
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.
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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.