Social media is land-mined with reports that taking vitamin C tablets may help you prevent COVID-19.
Like claims that you can make $83,000 in one month sitting in front of your computer, the vitamin C stuff is falsified.
In fact, there is no scientific evidence that any supplement—vitamin C, vitamin D, prebiotics, or probiotics—can help prevent or speed recovery from COVID-19, according to Harvard. The Centers for Disease Control goes on to state this: “There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19.”
So what information are social media “experts” using to base their claims?
Waaaaay back in the 1970s, Linus Pauling, a Nobel-Prize-winning chemist, posited that vitamin C would prevent and alleviate the common cold, according to a 2013 study review. Except that science thereafter hasn’t really backed up Pauling’s theory.
That 2013 review found that while regular vitamin C supplementation did not prevent the common cold in the average person, it did often reduce the duration of the symptoms of people who had the common cold.
That said, COVID-19 is not the common cold (nor is it the flu) and science is still trying to understand how the coronavirus operates.
Though vitamin C supplements are considered safe, according to the CDC, it’s easy to consume all the vitamin C you need through your diet.
Citrus fruits like oranges, tangerines, and grapefruits have high amounts of vitamin C. But bell peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and cauliflower are all good sources too.
Plus they taste way better than some chalky supplement.
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