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Fight Off Common Cold with Top Five Vitamin C Food Sources

We are all susceptible to catching the common cold, even the healthiest among us. Eating right, exercising, getting proper amounts of sleep and getting an annual flu shot can all go a long way to preventing the cold and flu. However, that doesn’t mean we are immune to it. A new meta-analysis that was published in The Cochrane Library recently reported that once you get it, you may be able to shorten the duration through regular use of vitamin C.

Researchers examined the results of 60 various studies that tested the use and effects of vitamin C on the common cold. In total, it represented over 11,000 participants and over 9,700 colds. Their focus of research was on those who took 200 milligrams of vitamin C per day.

What they found was that although there was no statistically significant protective effect from preventing the cold, there was a benefit in shortening the duration and severity of the cold. In children, they recorded a 14 percent shorter cold duration while adults had an 8 percent reduction when compared to the placebo groups. More importantly, they seem to believe that the effect may vary from person-to-person. Researchers noted, “Given the consistent effect of vitamin C on common cold duration and severity in the regular supplemental studies, and the low cost and safety, it may be worthwhile for common cold patients to test on an individual basis whether therapeutic vitamin C is beneficial for them.”

My takeaway from this study is simple – always get a healthy dose of your vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, and your body is better equipped to fight off infections. Maintaining a good immune system allows your body to be stronger and improves your ability to successful battle the cold and flu. Before you begin taking any new supplement, including vitamin C as the study suggests talk with your doctor. You can also get vitamin C from food sources. My top five are:

  1. Fruit such as oranges, strawberries, pineapple and papaya
  2. Broccoli
  3. Brussels Sprouts
  4. Cauliflower
  5. Bell Peppers