Is Vitamin C an Effective Cold Remedy?
Why Vitamin C When You Have a Cold
What is the first thing you think you should take when you start feeling that you might be getting a cold? Well if you were raised any time after 1970, vitamin C is your go-to solution and maybe you never questioned it, because after all, it’s what your mother and the doctor always recommended. Although you’ve heard many people claim that vitamin C works for treating a cold, research has shown that while vitamin C is a good supplement for your body, it’s ineffective when it comes to treating the common cold. If this information comes as a shock to you and you’re unsure of how to treat yourself the next time a cold strikes–read on–we have a tried and proven homeopathic solution that we would like to introduce to you.
The History of Vitamin C and the Common Cold
Vitamin C gained its popularity when a prominent American chemist named Linus Pauling published his bestseller “Vitamin C and the Common Cold” where he elaborated on the personal benefits taking vitamin C gave him, especially in relation to alleviating his cold symptoms and preventing him from getting a cold (Xu). Shortly after that, it became common knowledge to many Americans to use vitamin C to treat their colds, and drug stores’ sales of vitamin C skyrocketed (Xu). Years later, modern day research has revealed that vitamin C is not the miracle solution that we all thought it was—in fact, besides being a good body supplement, it does little to nothing in treating a common cold (WebMD.com). You may have even experienced this yourself; maybe you felt you were getting sick so you started pounding back the vitamin C–think back–did it work at all? Or did it seem like your cold lasted a normally long time and all the while you endured miserable symptoms? You are not alone; in fact, you’re in the same boat with those who participated in a study on the benefits of vitamin C. The conclusion that vitamin C is ineffective as a cold treatment was based on that study and other previous scientific evidence (WebMD.com). If you’re now questioning if it’s even necessary to take vitamin C, or wondering if you’ve been wasting your money all this time, don’t worry, regular vitamin C is good for your body.
A Healthy Supplement, but Not the Common Cold Cure
If you’re taking vitamin C as a daily supplement with your other multivitamins there is no doubt that it’s good for you. WebMD claims that vitamin C may act as a defense for your immune system and help fight infections and cold complications. It also has antioxidants that can help your body fight off free radicals that are connected to cancer and heart disease (WebMD). We’re not here to convince you that you should stop taking vitamin C; we just want to bring it to your attention that vitamin C is not as effective as you may have thought when it comes to treating your cold. And, when you feel those flu like symptoms coming on, your first action should be to take steps to boost your immune system by eliminating stress from your life as much as possible, getting plenty of rest, and maintaining a healthy diet. We find it surprising that when people start feeling sick, their first thought is to take an EmergenC, which has a significant amount of sugar in it mixed with the vitamin C (EmergenC). Sugary products are the opposite of what your body needs when it’s already under attack, because sugar hinders the immune system that’s trying to fight off bacteria (WebMD). Now that you have been enlightened to both the positives and failings of vitamin C, you may want to research other options for treating yourself the next time you have a cold.
What About using Zinc for Cold Treatment?
WebMD presents mixed feelings about Zinc lozenges and nasal sprays for treating the common cold. Sometimes it helps a little, sometimes it doesn’t do anything. Experts agree more research is needed as to the effectiveness of using Zinc as a treatment for the common cold. Added to these uncertainties is the fact that zinc can sometimes have negative side effects, which begs the question—is it even worth it? Besides the horrible metallic taste of the tablet you’re required to dissolve in your mouth, it’s also been known to upset your stomach (WebMD). The nasal spray is even more risky as it can diminish your sense of smell and when tested on animals it caused them to lose their sense of smell altogether. This kind of information from accredited sources highlighting the doubts and negative side effects of using Zinc as a treatment for the common cold can make you cautious about trying any of those products.
So, Vitamin C Doesn’t Work and Zinc is iffy–Now What?
We would now like to present Cold-Fix which is a homeopathic solution and treatment that works with your natural body to fight off the cold or flu using gamma interferon (Ask Dr Jacobs to add some more information on this? The internet doesn’t bring up anything very helpful or current). Cold-Fix shortens the durations of cold and flu symptoms and offers temporary relief from those nasty cold and flu symptoms we all hate like an uncomfortable fever, horrible congestion, or that persistent cough. We want to help you feel better as soon as possible and our goal is to familiarize our consumers with the benefits that our product brings for both children and adults. Honestly, our goal would be to keep you from ever getting sick, which is why we recommend that you take one Cold-Fix tablet per day during the cold or flu season. If for some reason that’s not enough to combat the virus that’s going around, taking Cold-Fix during your cold helps alleviate the symptoms and helps your body to recover faster. Sometimes getting the cold or flu is inevitable—but we here at Cold-Fix want to make you feel as comfortable as possible during the time you’re sick. Try Cold-Fix today! You have nothing to lose and a faster recovery to gain.
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