Vitamin C and fluIs vitamin C of any help in fluenza?

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

A lot of people believe that Vitamin C helps build your body's resistance to flu and other viral illnesses.  You can find lots of web sites that talk about using Vitamin C for this purpose.  However, there is no medical evidence to show that there is actually any benefit to taking Vitamin C in terms of treating or preventing the flu.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
Eating a healthy diet will improve your immune system. Eating foods that are high in vitamin C helps because they usually also have other health benefits. You want to eat as many foods that are high in antioxidants and vitamins to increase your resistance to illness.
giorgiana1976 | Student

Orange juice is good, but do not expect extra benefits because of vitamin C contained. Studies have shown that vitamin C does not prevent and it does not treat respiratory infections.

Better start taking supplements of zinc or ginseng. The body uses zinc (max. of 15 mg / day) to produce white cells that fight germs. Ginseng supplements strengthen the immune system.

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