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What is vitamin C?

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Vitamin C is an important vitamin and antioxidant that the body uses to keep you strong and healthy. Vitamin C is used in the maintenance of bones, muscle, and blood vessels. Vitamin C also assists in the formation of collagen and helps the body absorb iron.

From: Vitamin C for the Common Cold WebMD Medical Reference

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. , 2007. UptoDate: "The common cold in adults: Treatment and Prevention." Medline Plus: "Flu" and "Common Cold."






The Cochrane Collaboration

National Institutes of Health.  

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on January 20, 2017

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. , 2007. UptoDate: "The common cold in adults: Treatment and Prevention." Medline Plus: "Flu" and "Common Cold."






The Cochrane Collaboration

National Institutes of Health.  

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on January 20, 2017

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