Immune System Boosters & Vitamin C | Natural Health Blog

Date: 07/23/2007    Written by: Jon Barron

Vitamin C Does Not Prevent Colds?

A few years ago, studies debunking alternative health treatments came along maybe every six months. Lately, though, it seems like I could do a blog a day rebutting some new piece of nonsense. I’m beginning to think that it’s actually a requirement that researchers must get a partial lobotomy before they can receive grant money to perform a study.

So what’s today’s nonsense?

The Cochrane Library has just published the results of a review of scientific literature that says that taking regular supplements of Vitamin C to prevent colds is not justified unless you are exercising hard or living in an extremely cold place, in which case taking about 200 mg a day may cut your risk by 50 per cent.

And my problem with that is?

The whole premise of the study was to reassess Linus Pauling’s observations that vitamin C supplementation could prevent colds. Pauling’s protocol specifically called for doses of 1,000 mg or more per day. The Cochrane Library analysis started at 200 mg a day, one fifth of Pauling’s recommended dosage.

Let me make this brain-dead simple. If you’re trying to evaluate a health protocol, you actually have to use the protocol in question if you wish to assess it. You can’t arbitrarily cut doses by 80% and conclude the protocol doesn’t work.

This study is akin to deciding to determine whether you can lose weight on a low calorie diet of 1,000 calories a day by feeding people 5,000 calories a day!

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  •  
    Submitted by james sing on
    May 9, 2010 - 8:14pm

    For flu I took 1000mg vit.C 4 times a day it seems to have done the trick
    James t/u

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    Submitted by Mike on
    December 15, 2008 - 9:32pm

    Taking Vitamin C helped me a lot! I do live in a very cold climate however. I started getting my Vitamin C daily (as in EVERY day) from a 12 oz glass of orange juice and a multivitamin. The result was no cold for over 13 months! And before this I was getting at least 3 colds a year. See my post about my Vitamin C experience at My Health Blog.
    As a side note, mega-doses of Vitamin C after getting a cold never did a thing for me except give me an upset stomach!

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    Submitted by dannyomare678979879 on
    August 19, 2011 - 10:28am

    In many people who have chronic illness, a deficiency of vitamin C is present. This is a natural part of any healthy diet, but people who don’t eat enough fresh plant foods (fruits and vegetables) might not be getting the recommended amount of vitamin C to support their immune system correctly. Vitamin C has been shown to fight infection, allergies, and viruses of all kinds.

    Take the time to learn more about Maxalife Vitamin C and the power of this simple vitamin to learn more about what a simple supplement like this can do for your health. You might be surprised at just how many benefits you can find from a product like Maxalife Vitamin C. Trust me. Trying Vitamin C out for your own health won't hurt. You should know that.

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