This Is Why Vitamin C May Shorten Your Cold
Did your grandma ever tell you to eat oranges when you feel you’re getting a cold? As it turns out, it seems grandma knew a thing or too about age old remedies that work. Oranges are packed to the brim with Vitamin C and today, increasingly research confirms that vitamin C may help shorten the duration of colds. Of course not all of us can eat enough oranges a day to reach the right dose, but vitamin C supplementation in relatively high doses at the onset of a cold has been found to be beneficial.
Scientists from the University of Helsinki, Finland analyzing two randomized trials found that compared to placebo, 8g of vitamin C administered on the first day of the cold shortened the duration by an average 19 percent, while the second study showed taking 6g of vitamin C a day shortened colds by 17 percent.
“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 g/day vitamin C is beneficial for them,” said head researcher Dr Harri Hemilä. ”Self-dosing of vitamin C must be started as soon as possible after the onset of common cold symptoms to be most effective,” he added.
Research also shows vitamin C may be helpful in supporting immunity, protecting cells from free radical damage and cardiovascular and chronic disease, promoting muscle repair and generally contributing to improved health.
Additionally, studies show that a new technology known as liposomal encapsulation may increase the bioavailability of important nutrients in the body, including vitamin C. Liposomes are tiny, “nano-sized” fat soluble bubbles made from phospholipids. Liposomal encapsulation of vitamin C helps improve absorption and protects against degradation as the contents pass through the harsh digestive system and into the blood.
A study shows improved concentrations of vitamin C in the body through liposomal delivery while research shows its advantages include high bioavailability and absorption compared to other oral supplementation. It has also shown to be non-invasive, to increase intracellular delivery and to be more cost effective as lower doses can be taken.
Nutritional expert Vanessa Ascencao says Vitamin C containing liposomal has shown to be significantly more bioactive than ordinary vitamin C supplements and may be taken throughout the year, but especially in winter. She shares the following tips for the upcoming winter season:
- Increase intake of vitamin C, B, D, zinc and echinacea to help boost the immune system and fight illness.
- During a cold, drink plenty of hot water with lemon and honey, green tea or chicken soup to help relieve congestion and dehydration.
- Increase intake of fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices.
- Increase intake of good fats such as olive oil, coconut oil, seeds and nuts.
- Take a good probiotic to help keep your gut healthy. Also try sauerkraut, kefir and plain yogurt.
- Drink lots of water, exercise daily, manage stress and aim for at least eight hours of sleep a night.
- Avoid sugary food and drinks and heavily processed or oily food.
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