Is vitamin C still effective when you have flu already?

@jpso138 (7844)
Philippines
February 9, 2008 8:43pm CST
I have read several articles that vitamin C is good in preventing colds and flu. If assuming that we have catch the flu already, is it still effective to have vitamin C or would help our system to add more vitamin C and hasten up the healing process?
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18 responses
@Theresaaiza (9602)
• Australia
19 Jan 09
I have read somewhere that since Vitamin C is an immune-booster, it helps the body fight the invading microbes. For me, I don't pop a pill right away anymore because pills tend to mess up your natural immune system so I rely on Vitamin C and sometimes, I take a double-dose. I noticed that with Vit C, my number of sick days is reduced. But it's a bad habit becvause I only take Vit C if Im sick already
@jpso138 (7844)
• Philippines
19 Jan 09
I see, yes, there are certain benefitst in taking vitamin C. The good thing about this is there is no overdose if I am not mistaken. Unlike other vitamins that may probably create some problems if taken more. Well, I hope you can start taking it even before you catch a flu so as to strengthen your immune system
• Australia
20 Jan 09
yes, you can take in at least 500mg to as much as 3g or 3,000mg as you also don't want to end up with hypervitaminosis. Vitamin C gets excreted in the urine so it doesn't stay like fat-soluble vitamins A,D,E,K would. But I learned somewhere that we need to Be careful though because some Vitamin C are sodium or calcium ascorbate in form and they may not be as good as makers of these tend to claim. For normal people without serious ailments, it may still be safe to go with just 500 mg a day to prevent untoward side effects.
@riyasam (16582)
• India
19 Mar 09
it certainely is good in preventing colds but when you are suffering from a cold,it doesnt stop the flu completely but it does help in strengthening the immune system ,therby reducing the intensity of the cold
@jpso138 (7844)
• Philippines
20 Mar 09
I do believe that you are right. There is a difference when you have a cold already and you have no cold yet. But yes, considering that vitamin c is good for the immune system, then somehow taking it when you have a cold would probably hasten up the healing. Though it may not directly cure the cold but perhaps it aids our immune system in fighting the cold.
@oyenkai (4399)
• Philippines
3 Mar 09
Vitamin C still helps even though you're already sick. Flu comes from a viral infection that may be countered with a strong immune system and Vitamin C boosts our immune system so it's a good supplement. And since excess vitamin C is flushed out by our body, there's no fear of over dosage :) Thanks for the response on my discussion!
@jpso138 (7844)
• Philippines
3 Mar 09
I see, I do agree with you on these. We need our immune system to be strong most especially when we are sick or having colds and flu. If our immune system is weak, it would take time to heal. Yes, the good thing about vitamin c is there is no overdose. Best to you and your health always.
• India
19 Jan 09
yes , vitamin c is effective in cold and other common illness because vitamin c increases the resistance of the body to infections. it makes our immune system strong wgich helps fight against infections. take vitamin c according to the daily recommended dose.vitamin c + vitamin e are very good. vitamin means vital elements which are needed from outside because our body cant produce it.
@jpso138 (7844)
• Philippines
19 Jan 09
I see. It seems that you are very much knowledgeable on this Harjotdoad. It is really a great thing if we take this things for our system. It is of great advantage if our system is well prepared. As what they say, an ounce of prevention is better than an pound of cure. Best to you!
@Bd200789 (2994)
• United States
14 May 08
I don't know. It probably does help a little.
@jpso138 (7844)
• Philippines
19 Jan 09
I am a little bit confuse too. To some they say that its not effective anymmore. To some, it is still okay. I think overall, it will help even if we have the flu already.
@eagle_f15 (2054)
• Malaysia
21 Apr 08
When down with flu or the symtop appears, I would increase intake on Nutrilite Vitamin C : 1000mg every four hourly. It helps very much.
@jpso138 (7844)
• Philippines
19 Jan 09
I see. Then good for you that you have felt the effect. I guess this will work considering that you will definitely be increasing your body's resistance and perhaps help fight the problem.
@bluemars (952)
• Australia
29 Mar 08
I heard garlic really helps the immune system so try that. I think it is important to eat onions and garlic they help to build you up for the colder months. I think also if you have a sore throat honey is the best because of its healing properties and it tastes great with tea that has natural antioxidants already present there too which is an added bonus. It can be hard but one needs to eat good food too that helps fight off disease, these are all natural produce. These should at least give you a fighting chance.
@jpso138 (7844)
• Philippines
29 Mar 08
Yes, I have heard of this things also. I fully agree with you that the best thing to put insure that our body will be healthy and strong is to eat good foods. In fact, I have read that one of the reasons why we have so many health problems nowadays are because of the foods that we take in today. Most of what we are taking are high in preservatives which are full of chemicals.
@yiyilul (41)
• China
28 Mar 08
how much it has effective i think
@jpso138 (7844)
• Philippines
29 Mar 08
Well, I guess the amount of Vitamin C that you take in also matters. The good thing about vitamin C is there is no overdose. Unlike other vitamins that you take in, if its to much, there could be some side effects. But for vitamin C, anything in excess, will just go out through our urine.
@subhaak (63)
• India
27 Mar 08
yes ofcourse, it is effective if you have flu. Have plenty of fruits rich in Vitamin c like orange, mosambi, lemon juice, etc... tell me if you find any resolution.
@jpso138 (7844)
• Philippines
28 Mar 08
Well, there are a lot of sources in vitamin C. In fact it even comes in capsules and other commercial drink. But I think the best sources would be the ones that you have mentioned.
@pyewacket (43961)
• United States
27 Mar 08
It certainly can't hurt to continue taking vitamin-C while having a cold or flu, but it's been shown that stocking up on extra garlic is better as it's a natural antibiotic..I take garlic pills all the time and make sure especially when I am sick, which is fairly rare..another thing to take are Echinacea which is an herb supplement one can take that is good for the immune system
@jpso138 (7844)
• Philippines
30 Apr 08
Yes, I seem to have heard about the beneficial effects of garlic. It does contain a lot of healthy chemicals and even noted to be good for hypertension. This is the second time I have read about Echinacea. Thanks for sharing!
@cher913 (25897)
• Canada
27 Mar 08
i think it does help when you have a cold or the flu, but to what extent, i dont know...echenacia is more helpful than vitamin c though i think...you have to take it the day you are starting to feel ill and for a few days after and it speads up the process of the illness, thus making you feel better faster.
@jpso138 (7844)
• Philippines
30 Apr 08
Sorry for the late reply. This is the first time I have heared about echenacia. I will surely take it into account. Well, with respect to all sorts of diseases and other sorts of illness, I do believe that prevention is the key. Making the body strong and having a strong immune system does play an important role in health and fitness.
@echosu (152)
• Singapore
27 Mar 08
yes,vitaminC is good for your immune system, and help you against the virus it also good for you skin.
@jpso138 (7844)
• Philippines
27 Mar 08
Thanks for the reply. Yes, vitamin C does give a lot of advantage for our immune system. It does protect us from common problems in health.
• Australia
11 Mar 08
Yes for me personally vitamin C does help with the healing process of flu... it strenghten the immune system ... It is better though to take vitamin C every day and not just when you are flu etc..
@jpso138 (7844)
• Philippines
12 Mar 08
That would be very good. I have heard that even if you take in to much vitamin C, it does not create any side effects. So that would be advantageous. Well best of health to you and your family!
@MelanieW (66)
• Indonesia
11 Mar 08
Yes, it will help healing process and increase our stamina to fight a disease, specially cold.
@jpso138 (7844)
• Philippines
11 Mar 08
Well, thanks for the input. I will surely take in vitamin C from time to time. We can never really tell when we will be exposed to this diseases so its important to have some thing for our protection.
@cydzzj (356)
• Australia
12 Feb 08
Despite the popular belief that vitamin C can cure the commom cold, the scientific evidence supporting this conviction is limited. There have been a few studies suggesting that taking large doses of vitamin C supplements at the onset of cold or flu symptoms, or just after exposure to one of these viruses, can shorten the duration of the cold or ward it off altogether. However, the majority of studies, when looked at collectively, lead researchers to conclude that vitamin C does not prevent or treat the commom cold. Some experts suggest that vitamin C may only be useful in case of a cold if you have low levels of this nutrient to begin with. Another possibility is that the likelihood of success may be very individual - some improve, while others do not. If you are amongst the 67% of people who believe that vitamin C is helpful for your colds, there may be power in your conviction. In other words, your experience is probably more imporant than what the research is stating.
@jpso138 (7844)
• Philippines
14 Feb 08
I see, that seems a good information to think into consideration. I think I have also read some of those studies and research. Well, whats important is we just believe and think positive that we will be fine and supplement it with rest and perhaps vitamin C. Thanks for the information. Very useful.
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
10 Feb 08
When I'm sick with a cold or the flu, I always take more vitamin C because it helps get rid of it faster. It boosts the immune system a bit to fight and get over the cold or the flu.
@jpso138 (7844)
• Philippines
10 Feb 08
Another firm believer.... I believe that it does help in strengthening our system. Most especially for children since they have weaker system as compared to ours.
@owlwings (37156)
• Cambridge, England
10 Feb 08
Yes, I believe that it is very effective to take larger doses of Vitamin C when you have a cold or the flu. Vitamin C certainly helps the immune system do its work and, when you are suffering from a virus, the immune system is under stress (which is actually what causes the cold or flu symptoms). I believe that to give the immune system all the help you can when it is in most need of it is a very sensible thing to do.
@jpso138 (7844)
• Philippines
10 Feb 08
I fully agree with you on this. I think our immune system should be supported and backed up all times most especially when we encounter common problems. Thanks for increasing my belief on effects of vitamin C.
@sedel1027 (17870)
• United States
10 Feb 08
The best thing to do is go to the Dr and get Tamiflu as long as it hasn't been more than 2 days (this stuff is awesome, my hubby had the flu and was almost 100% better in 24 hours). The vitamin C will help, but you also have to get a lot of zinc as well. Airborne tablets work great for this as they have a ton of Vitamin C and a good amount of Zinc.
@jpso138 (7844)
• Philippines
10 Feb 08
Yes, I believe that would be the best thing to do. Since each and everyone of us have different systems and respond to different type of medications. Well, in our country people barely go to the doctor for flu unless its to serious already. This also goes to some other cases. Some of the reasons are lack of money and some are just afraid to go and have a check up being afraid of what might be the diagnosis. Well I'm gonna check out your suggestion and try to see if it works for me.