Yesterday I was at a drug store to buy a small present for Jennifer, when I heard the cashier tell someone that she had to take lots of vitamin C, because that will heal her cold. That statement is not correct. But when you believe the advertisements on TV and in the magazines you have indeed to take (lots of) vitamin C when you have a cold.
They want us to believe that vitamin C can cure the common cold, which is absolutely not correct.
Whenever they put “vitamin C” on the front of their product they are able to sell more because a lot of consumers are convinced that vitamin C will cure their cold. Don’t trust the big written ext on the label. The small text (the ingredients) is where they have to very precise.
Yes, if you are low on vitamin C, then taking it would be recommended, but in countries as The Netherlands this mostly not a real problem any more. Taking lots of extra vitamins should only be done when a doctor advises it. The best way to get your vitamins is through food.
A cold virus cannot be cured. Drinking, sleeping and decent food can help your body fight it off faster.
There many incorrect stories around food and health, but this one always comes around again. After what I heard yesterday in that drug store and by reading something about it on the web I thought it was a good idea to give it some attention.
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