Prevention with Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid tablets). Unclear benefits. Prevents 1 case of Pneumonia in 14 adults with flu, according to the only study conducted with 226 soldiers with flu. More research is needed, and with regular adults. Treatment seems safe.
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Not enough data exists on benefits, but the existing data shows remarkable effectiveness and the side effects seem negligible.
Only soldiers participated in the included study. Further research with older and more representative adult population is required in order to validate the conclusions.
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.
Ascorbic Acid tablets
Adults with Flu, 16 to 65 years old
300 mg per day
Prevention of Pneumonia symptoms and complications
Prevents 1 case of Pneumonia in 14 adults with flu, according to a single study conducted with 226 soldiers that had flu.
Up to 2 grams of Vitamin C per day seems safe for adults and has no side effects. Doctor consultation is needed for diabetic adults or when in taking iron.
Pneumonia (usually Streptococcal pneumonia lung infection and symptoms)
Symptoms and signs:
Chest pain, shaking chills, cough, excessive sweating, fatigue, fever, headache, loss of appetite, low energy and shortness of breath.
Bacteria in the bloodstream (bacteremia), lung abscess, fluid accumulation around the lungs (pleural effusion) and infection of such fluid (empyema), death
Vitamin C (supplement)
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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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