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128. Pakistani News reports Vitamin C reduces Common Cold

The “PakTribune” news agency in Pakistan reports today that Vitamin C reducing Common Cold suffering in athletes

I do NOT give much credibility to this report. While it cites several studies, it does not specify WHO did the studies, how they were funded. It only says they were randomized.

And oddly, In one study Vitamin C is said to have shorten suffering of colds in male athletes, but not females!  The results of this report don’t conclusively prove anything but the need for more questions. Just like MOST supposed results of studies done on the common cold, that are as full of holes as an overused  kleenex.


Vitamin C halves incidence of common cold

15 February, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Vitamin C is beneficial against common cold particularly for people under heavy physical stress.

In five randomized trials of participants with heavy short-term physical stress, vitamin C halved the incidence of the common cold.

Three of the trials studied marathon runners, one studied Swiss school children in a skiing camp and one studied Canadian soldiers during a winter exercise.

Furthermore, in a recent randomized trial carried out with adolescent competitive swimmers, vitamin C halved the duration of colds in males, although the vitamin had no effect on females.

Regular doses of vitamin C of one gram per day or higher have reduced the average duration of colds in adults by 8 percent and in children by 18 percent.

Although these findings unambiguously show that vitamin C has a biological effect on colds, taking vitamin C every day to shorten infrequent colds does not seem reasonable. On average, adults have only a few common cold episodes per year and children have some half a dozen colds per year.

Few therapeutic trials, meaning trials in which vitamin C was given only after the first symptoms of a cold appeared, have been carried out and their results are not consistent.

Nevertheless, given the consistent effect of vitamin C on the duration and severity of colds in the regular supplementation studies, and the safety and low cost of vitamin C, the researchers consider that it may be worthwhile for individual common cold patients to test whether therapeutic vitamin C is beneficial for them.


90. Some suggestions for cold remedies (part 2 of 2)

A Top Contributor is someone who is knowledgeable in a particular category.Firstly you do not need antibiotics for a common cold. It’s a virus not a bacterial infection. Have honey & lemon mixed with hot water, use a few drops of eucalyptus oil on a hanky or use steam either in shower or in a basin for your nose, get plenty of rest (in bed asleep), keep your fluids up, take the ibuprofen for your headache.
Get well soon.
Hot toddy of whiskey, honey, and lemon. I hate taking medicine too.

Source(s):Personal experience

Antibiotics won’t touch a common cold. The only time antibiotics would help is if you developed a chest infection, or similar, on top of your cold. There is no cure at this time. Probably the drug used most often in colds is paracetamol ( acetaminophen in US and some other countries ). Paracetamol will help with pain and will also reduce inflammation in your upper airways and nose. It will also bring down a high temperature, although not everyone has one as a symptom of common colds. Ibuprofen will do similar things to paracetamol but can irritate your stomach. You can take them both at the same time as they are different classes of drug, but do not exceed their individual stated doses. Also be aware that some cold remedy drinks contain paracetamol, so if you take the tablets check any other products. If they contain paracetamol don’t take it. You may find the cold gets much better by itself before you go away.if your headaches are unbearable you should go to the emergency department or at least your GP, as it is unusual to get very severe headaches with a common cold. They are usually mild to moderate. if you have a cough you may have a mild chest infection too. Don’t take products which stop the cough. Cough up the stuff and spit it out into tissues as your body is trying to get rid of it. Taking vitamin C tablets or eating lots of citrus fruit may help to overcome the cold more quickly. Try to rest and drink plenty of fluid. I hope you feel better before you go away, take care :)

Source(s):Health care pro.

Vitamin C myth perpetuated by chiropractic reporter

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This Chiropractic reporter is clearly not up with the latest mainstream medical research that is  widely known to have disproven any benefit from extra vitamin C during a cold.

(reposted from described as “your online Chiropractic community”



Vitamin C has been clearly shown to have no effect on helping you get better from the common cold and overdosing on it can cause harm.

Vitamin C: not just for the common cold

By Karen Appold

Everyone knows that when you have a cold, you should take vitamin C. That’s because it fights viruses, bacteria and infection. It will also act as an antihistamine, relieving aches, inflammation and runny nose.

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, has many other uses. In addition to aiding your immune system, it helps to maintain healthy teeth, bones and cartilage, as well as grow and repair tissues. It also helps to form the protein that your body uses to make blood vessels, skin, tendons and ligaments.

A powerful antioxidant
As an antioxidant, vitamin C gets rid of free radicals in your body. Free radicals can cause cell damage that medical experts suspect may lead to atherosclerosis, which can cause heart disease, stroke and many types of cancer, as well as osteoarthritis and pre-eclampsia in pregnant women.

Ascorbic acid has been proven to lower blood pressure, which lowers your chance of getting hypertension. It also enables proper dilation of blood vessels. Both of these functions reduce your risk of heart disease.