A 22-year-old male asked:
what is the actual purpose of vitamin c? if taking it daily will not aid in the prevention of catching viruses, should i even bother taking it?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Larry Grissom answered
42 years experience Radiology
Balanced diet: A balanced diet provides plenty of vitamin c without supplements. Some studies have found minor benefit of otc zinc to decrease duration and severity of the common cold.
Answered on Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Reid Blackwelder answered
36 years experience Family Medicine
Reasonable question: People have long thought taking various vitamins, often at much higher than prescribed doses can help with various problems. However, no reliable study results show that vitamin c makes a different in a person with normal levels. Best bet for good health is eating well, exercising, sleeping, enjoying what you do, and maybe take a regular multivitamin a day. If you think extra vitamin c helps, okay.
Answered on Mar 31, 2014
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