The importance of vitamin C on the common cold and immune system is well documented. In fact, there are products that are chock full of vitamin C that are supposed to bolster the immune system and even prevent the onset of sickness. A new study is trying to distinctly pinpoint the connection between the amount of vitamin C ingested and its effects on common cold symptoms and their duration.
Vitamin C has an immense and formative effect on various types of infections. The common cold has been one of the most universally studied infections and the majority of the controlled trials only tested a modest dosage of the vitamin per day. What if the optimal dose is much more and what if, taken consistently, it can substantially shorten the amount of time you experience cold symptoms?
Upping The Dose
Dr. Hemila, who resides in Finland, wanted to dig deeper into this possibility. She upped the daily dose of vitamin C to at least 15 grams per day and saw a definite effect on duration of symptoms and the overall ability to still function in some capacity while fighting off the cold. Certain strains of the cold can feel more like the flu and can have the sufferer in bed for most of their highly symptomatic days.
The doctor noted: “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 8 grams per day of vitamin C is beneficial for them. Self-dosing of vitamin C must be started as soon as possible after the onset of common cold symptoms to be most effective.”
It’s also good to note that during cold and flu season, having a higher level of vitamin C in your system will actually ward off the ability for the infection to fester and have a place to grow when your levels are already a bit higher than normal. Vitamin C has countless benefits but shortening the lifespan of a cold is impressive. The immune system is a highly complex thing and is fundamentally strengthened in the presence of vitamin C.
Speeding The Healing Process
Vitamin C can also actively help speed up the wound healing process as well as strengthen and maintain the body’s bones and teeth. The wound healing process is similar to the internal healing process from an infection. The body tissues are emboldened and strengthened to heal wherever it is lacking cell composition in a compromised state because of a cold infection or because of a cut or bruise.
Oranges are a great source of vitamin C, but you would actively have to consume quite a high number of oranges a day to achieve the amount of vitamin C talked about here. It’s best to consume a supplement, either in pill or powdered form. Powdered form may be best as it often tastes very pleasant and you can better control the amounts you are taking with powder.
You’ll likely also notice a positive change in your skin and your bodily fluids when you up the amount of vitamin C you take consistently. So stock up on the vitamin C, have plenty in your medicine cabinet, and make sure to not just take it when you’re feeling sick. Being preemptive with your supplements is a much better option.