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More evidence: Vitamin C does protect against colds.

February 15th, 2013 by Sherry Baker.    Find Full Article Here:-

By the time he died in 1994, Linus Pauling had long been branded a “quack” by mainstream medicine and much of the mainstream media. Why? Because he advocated the use of vitamin C to treat many diseases, including the common cold. He claimed the medical establishment had long ignored important studies by respected scientists who provided evidence of vitamin C’s disease-fighting properties.

Now, in a review of multiple placebo-controlled vitamin C studies, scientists at the University of Helsinki have found evidence that backs up what Dr. Pauling was saying decades ago. Bottom line: once again, it appears clear that vitamin C could well be a powerful source to avoid or shorten colds — especially in people under heavy physical stress.

Vitamin C was found to have a “modest but consistent effect in reducing the duration of common cold symptoms..based on 31 study comparisons with 9745 common cold episodes.” However, in five randomized studies of research subjects with heavy short-term physical stress, the results were more dramatic. Vitamin C cut the incidence of the common cold in half.

Three of the trials involved marathon runners, one studied Swiss school children in a skiing camp and another looked at Canadian soldiers during a winter exercise. In an additional, recent randomized trial involving adolescent competitive swimmers, the research team found that vitamin C given to males who had colds cut the duration of their illnesses by 50 percent, although the vitamin didn’t seem to have the same effect on females.

The study by the University of Helsinki researchers was recently published in the Cochrane Review. In a media statement, the scientists noted “these findings unambiguously show that vitamin C has a biological effect on colds.” They also noted that vitamin C had no dangerous side effects.

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