In the sixties, scientist Linus Pauling popularized the idea that vitamin C prevented the flu. Until today, the market is full of medications and supplements of this vitamin and their sales grow during the months of winter.
But the truth is that, years later, another study proved that this wasn’t true, though it can reduce its duration in a minimum percentage.
En the case of adults, it is estimated that they spend 12 days a year with symptoms of a cold. Consuming the supplement could reduce the symptoms up to 11 days. On the other hand, kids could go from being cold 28 days to up to 24.
- Eat fruits. A good diet is better than any chemical supplement.
- Before buying any type of medicine for your children, check with your doctor.
- Rest well and avoid stress. It’s no use taking vitamins if your lifestyle doesn’t protect you. Do some physical activity and encourage your kids to practice sports.
Supplements and vitamins against the flu: Do they work?
Vitamin supplements became popular at the beginning of the twentieth century because lots of people had lost the habit of consuming nutrients in the natural way (as fruits and vegetables) and they couldn’t prevent the different diseases.
Years afterwards, several studies confirmed that a person that doesn’t eat properly, but takes vitamins in an artificial way, isn’t more protected than those that don’t use them.
In contrast, it has been proved that pregnant women do have to take multivitamin supplements to protect their babies. If a woman in reproductive state consumes the necessary doses of folic acid, she can reduce the chances that her child is born with congenital problems in the bone marrow.