Vitamin C

This flu season, one product is making its comeback: orange juice. Sales of OJ seem to have gotten a boost — after years of decline — due to consumers' fears of getting the dreaded illness. 

But is dosing yourself with high amounts of Vitamin C warranted for this year's flu from hell?










People swear that popping a few vitamin C tablets when their throat starts to feel sore is a surefire method to prevent a cold.

Unfortunately, evidence doesn't support that. At the very best, daily supplementation with vitamin C (i.e., every single day, not just the day before you feel sick) may reduce the duration of a cold. A Cochrane review found that adults experienced 8% and children 14% fewer sick days when they took vitamin C every day. In other words, if the average adult is sick 10 days per year, supplementing with vitamin C would reduce it to 9 days. The review further concluded that "routine mega-dose prophylaxis is not rationally justified."

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When you need a boost of Vitamin C, we bet you never think to eat some bell peppers! Here are five foods that are higher in Vitamin C than oranges!

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Vitamin water is back; no, not the kind you drink, but rather the kind you bathe with. Vitamin C-infused showers were all the rage a couple years ago, but now, along with anti-bacterial door knobs and bedroom light therapy, they're making a comeback.

The purpose of filtering your water with the vitamin isn't to ward off germs and bacteria. Instead, the shower head and attached filter deploy powdered Vitamin C into the shower stream to...


Ever since the days of Linus Pauling, a chemist who claimed high doses of Vitamin C could cure a number of illnesses including cancer researchers have come up short in finding the same supporting evidence on the "miracle" vitamin.


928903_23901118One thing that everyone should know by now is that smoking during pregnancy can harm a baby in several ways. For example, smokers babies are typically smaller than they should be, and their lungs may be less well developed than those of babies born to non-smokers. However, despite these well-publicized facts, recent data from the CDC indicate that over 12 percent of pregnant women smoke.

Recently, work with pregnant monkeys suggested that some of the ill effects of smoking on newborns lungs might be prevented or ameliorated by giving the...

Yawn. We have yet another example of the perpetual conveyor belt of studies seeking, and failing to find, any evidence of health benefits from so-called dietary/nutritional supplements. In the current JAMA, a piece under the rubric clinical evidence synopsis entitled Antioxidant Supplements to Prevent...

An excerpt from Do You Believe in Magic, by ACSH trustee Dr. Paul Offit was published in the latest issue of The Atlantic magazine. We ve told you in the past of our great admiration for his work in this area, but can t resist providing some more compliments.

This excerpt is a must-read for those who don t think they have time for the whole book, but want to understand how we...


We told you it s a great read and full of accurate information about so-called alternative medicine. Even The NY Times agrees that Do You Believe in Magic by Dr. Paul Offit is a total winner. See the review by Dr. Abigail Zuger here.