Studies show mixed results on taking vitamin C to prevent colds

02/8/2013 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

Studies on taking vitamin C to battle a cold have shown mixed results, and taking more than 2,000 milligrams per day may lead to nausea, diarrhea and abdominal pain, according to the Harvard Health Letter. Dr. Bruce Bistrian, chief of clinical nutrition at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and a Harvard Medical School professor, says data show vitamin C taken for prevention may reduce the likelihood or duration of colds and the best way to get it is through a healthy diet.

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