Consumer Reports: Vitamin C supplements – KCRA Sacramento

TEO: MANY PEOPLE USE THEM IDEA TO GET A BOOST WHEN YOU’VE BUT LISA GONZALES EXPLAINS WHY COULD BE A MISTAKE. LISA: THE COMMON COLD CAN LEAVE YOU SNIFFLING, SNEEZING, AND ACHING OR A WEEK OR LONGER. TO TRY LOADING UP ON VITAMIN C SUPPLEMENTS. CHANCES ARE YOU ARE ALREADY TOO LATE. >> THERE IS TAKING A VITAMIN C SUPPLEMENT ON A REGULAR BASIS WHILE YOU ARE — COLD BY A DAY OR SO, BUT TAKING WILL NOT HELP. LISA: ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH, TAKING HIGH DOSES OF VITAMIN C CAN ALSO CAUSE OTHER PROBLEMS. MEN WHO TAKE EXCESSIVE AMOUNTS ARE TWICE AS LIKELY TO DEVELOP KIDNEY STONES. MILLIGRAMS OF VITAMIN C A DAY CAN CAUSE UPSET STOMACH AND PAINFUL CRAMPS. IN GENERAL, THE NIH 90 MILLIGRAMS FOR MEN AND 70 MILLIGRAMS PER DAY FOR WOMEN TO MAINTAIN GOOD HEALTH. TO GET THE VITAMIN C THAT YOU NEED IS THE OLD-FASHIONED WAY, THROUGH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. LISA: RED AND GREEN PEPPERS, SOURCES. TO HELP YOUR COP, TRY THROAT LOZENGES OR HONEY, AND GET PLENTY OF REST, DRINK LOTS OF UP A GOOD HUMIDIFIER. DEIRDRE: THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH SAYS TO BE AWARE THAT VITAMIN C SUPPLEMENTS MAY INTERACT OR INTERFERE WITH CERTAIN KINDS OF DRUGS AND

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