What research is there about taking vitamin C to get rid of a cold?

Research is not in agreement about whether vitamin C decreases the severity and duration of the common cold. While some studies show a mild protective effect, others do not. Most studies show vitamin C was no more effective than a placebo at shortening the duration of cold symptoms. However, foods rich in vitamin C (citrus fruits, berries, kiwis, red bell pepper, tomatoes, broccoli, spinach, and guava) are also loaded with other nutrients that can contribute to a nutrient-dense diet which does help support good health.

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