VITAMIN C - FAD? VITAMIN C - FAD?

VITAMIN C - FAD?

By Marianne Ghattas

VITAMIN C - FAD? VITAMIN C - FAD?

Yes winter has come and there is nothing worse then the sniffles, the runny nose and the chesty cough to welcome you into a new season. 

Through the wide world of nutrition and dietary advice, we are sure that you've all heard from a family member or friend that Vitamin C can help fight the nasties that make us sick. 

But is this just another fad?

Vitamin C is an important antioxidant that supports healthy immune function. However, long term daily supplementation off high doses of Vitamin C has not shown many significant health benefits. So is it worth your time popping those extra 5 Vitamin C tablets a day? For the average person probably not. 

Despite not much evidence supporting daily Vitamin C supplementation to prevent the common cold, some research has shown that consuming 200mg of Vitamin C daily can reduce the risk of getting a cold in extremely active people. For example, marathon runners or army troops. 

NSS TAKE HOME:

Increase intake of citrus fruits, broccoli, kale, tomato, berries, capsicum which are rich in Vitamin C!!

  • They are also high in fibre, full of antioxidants and have many additional benefits



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