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Vitamin C For Cold and Flu Season

03 October, 2017| 0 Comments WRITE A COMMENT

The Digest Vitamin C , Wellness

Cold weather ushers in not only warm scarves and hot drinks but also cold and flu season. According to the CDC, the flu causes up to 36 million illnesses and 56,000 deaths each year. The cold causes 23 million days of lost work and productivity each year, as estimated by Harvard Medical School.

To help reduce the impact of cold and flu season, our Super C is 25% off this week. Here are our other top tips for the season.


The CDC recommends that everyone older than 6 months be vaccinated by the end of October. As more people get vaccinated, the population develops herd immunity, decreasing the likelihood of the disease spreading. This protects the most vulnerable among us, including young children, pregnant women and the elderly.

There are many types of flu viruses. Each year, researchers determine the types that are most likely to circulate for the season. The top three to four types are included in that year’s flu vaccine.

For the 2017-2018 season, the CDC has outlined these types, so make sure that your vaccine is current.

    • an A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus

    • an A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 (H3N2)-like virus

    • a B/Brisbane/60/2008-like (B/Victoria lineage) virus


Research conducted over the years on supplementation of vitamin C has produced promising if inconsistent results. Harvard Medical School notes that vitamin C has “modest prevention power” for colds.

In one study, scientists compared cold and flu symptoms between a control and experimental population that mega-dosed 1,000 mg of vitamin C a day. Flu and cold symptoms in the test group decreased 85% compared with the control group.

A 2013 review of 29 randomized trials with more than 11,000 participants found that the impact of supplementation was biggest in people who were very active. For marathon runners, athletes and military personnel, taking at least 200 mg of vitamin C daily seemed to cut the risk of getting a cold in half.

In the more general population, taking at least 200 mg of vitamin C per day did seem to cut the length of cold symptoms by an average of 8% in adults and 14% in children. This is roughly one less day of being sick.

To get the full benefits of vitamin C, daily supplementation provides more consistent protection than taking it when you first see symptoms.


Once you start to see symptoms, it’s crucial to contain the illness and not spread it to others. Stay home and wait for your fever to break. Cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough and wash your hands often with soap and warm water. Disinfect surfaces like counters and door handles that may be contaminated with germs.

Don't forget that Super C is 25% off all week to help you stay healthy throughout the season.

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