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Is it safe to take vitamin C supplements?

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In general, vitamin C is safe to take when ingested through food sources such as fruits and vegetables. For most people, taking vitamin C supplements in the recommended amounts is also safe. The recommended daily allowance is 90 mg for men and 75 mg for women. High doses of vitamin C (greater than 2,000 milligrams per day for adults) may cause kidney stones, nausea, and diarrhea.

If you're unsure about taking vitamin C for colds, talk to your health care provider.

SOURCES:
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Common Cold."
PubMed: "Intake of Vitamin C and Zinc and Risk of Common Cold: A Cohort Study."
Mayo Clinic: "Cold Remedies: What Works, What Doesn't, What Can't Hurt."
Medscape: "Vitamin C May be Effective Against Common Cold. Primarily in Special Populations."
Douglas, R.M. The Cochrane Collaboration, 2007.
UptoDate: "The common cold in adults: Treatment and Prevention."
Medline Plus: "Flu" and "Common Cold."

National Institutes of Health.
 

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 13, 2019

SOURCES:
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Common Cold."
PubMed: "Intake of Vitamin C and Zinc and Risk of Common Cold: A Cohort Study."
Mayo Clinic: "Cold Remedies: What Works, What Doesn't, What Can't Hurt."
Medscape: "Vitamin C May be Effective Against Common Cold. Primarily in Special Populations."
Douglas, R.M. The Cochrane Collaboration, 2007.
UptoDate: "The common cold in adults: Treatment and Prevention."
Medline Plus: "Flu" and "Common Cold."

National Institutes of Health.
 

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 13, 2019

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