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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?

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Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
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Dr. Larry Grissom
Radiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Larry Grissom
Dr. Larry Grissom
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