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Vitamin C (vitamin) for prevention of Common Cold in healthy Adults under extreme physical exercise

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  • Prevention with Vitamin C supplement (Ascorbic acid tablets). 5 valid study conducted, with 598 individuals. Prevents 1 in 2 Common Cold cases for people under extreme physical excursive (marathon runners, skiers, soldiers). Seems safe.

    • EVIDENCE | NEEDS MORE TESTING
    • EFFECTIVENESS | EFFECTIVE
    • SAFETY | SAFE

Recommendations

Use this treatment under extreme exercise:

It prevents 53% of the Common Cold cases for adults under extreme physical exercise periods. The treatment is also pretty safe.

Doctors Say That

The level of Vitamin C (and other anti-oxidants in the body) decreases during periods of physical stress (for example, during training of athletes and soldiers). Therefore, supplementation (to balance this decrease) makes sense.

Any excess of Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) is evacuated from our body through the urine. This makes vitamin C pretty safe even in high dosages.

About Vitamin C (vitamin)

Ascorbic Acid tablets

  • Target Population:

    Adults under extreme physical exercise, 16 to 65 years old

  • Dosage:

    Daily dosage of 0.2 gram per day, or more (adjusted to age, gender and body weight).

  • Goal:

    Prevention of Common Cold symptoms

Research Summary

  • Needs more testing
  • 5 Clinical Studies
  • 598 Adults Tested
  • Effective
  • Benefits:

    Prevents 1 in 2 cases of Common cold, for people under brief periods of severe physical exercise (marathon runners, skiers, soldiers). May also speed up recovery and reduce severity of colds.

  • Safe
  • Risks:

    0.2-2 gram of Vitamin C per day seems safe for healthy adults and has no side effects. Doctor consultation is needed for diabetic adults, or when in-taking iron (since Vitamin C increases iron absorption).

Common Cold Overview

  • Medical problem:

    Common Cold (symptoms caused by viral infection of the upper respiratory system).

  • Symptoms and signs:

    Cough, general discomfort, headache, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, stuffy nose and weakness.

  • Complications:

    Bacterial infections: lung infection, middle ear infection, strep throat, sinus infection.

Other Treatments

Brand Names

Vitamin C (supplement)

  • Ascoltin
  • Ascot
  • C-500 Chewable Tablet
  • C-Time
  • Cecon Drops
  • Centrum Singles - Vitamin C
  • Cevi-Bid
  • Sunkist Vitamin C
  • Vicks Vitamin C Drops
  • Ester-C
  • Vasoflex HD
  • Acerola
  • Ascocid
  • Ascor L 500
  • Ascorbic Acid Quick Melts
  • Betac
  • Cemill
  • Cenolate

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Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid and L-ascorbic acid, is a vitamin found in food and used as a dietary supplement. As a supplement it is used to treat and prevent scurvy. Evidence does not support use in the general population for the prevention of the common cold. It may be taken by mouth or by injection. It is generally well tolerated. Vitamin C was discovered in 1912, isolated in 1928, and first made in 1933. (source)
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