The Truth about Vitamin C

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Looking to vitamin C to boost your health? Here's the truth about vitamin C. Does it really help build up your immune system? Yes. Vitamin C helps make your T cells strong. They help fight off germs in your body. It also helps your body make more immune cells while making sure your healthy cells stay alive longer.

Can it prevent the common cold? No. It doesn't. But it can shorten it and make your symptoms milder, if you take it regularly before you get sick. Can vitamin C help you look younger, longer? Yes. Without vitamin C, your body won't produce collagen. Vitamin C and collagen help improve the moisture, elasticity, and texture of your skin.

Does it help prevent cancer? Maybe. Free radicals damage your body and are linked to cancer and other illnesses. Vitamin C helps prevent free radicals from causing damage. So it may help prevent cancer, but doctors need to do more research before it's a definite yes.

Can vitamin C keep you from getting COVID-19? Maybe. Researchers in China and Italy have started clinical trials with IV-administered vitamin C. But it's too early to tell with vitamin C can stop you from getting sick with COVID-19. Your body doesn't produce vitamin C on its own. So go for foods like citrus fruits, berries, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, and spinach. Men need about 90 milligrams of vitamin C a day. Women only need 75 milligrams a day.