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Friday, July 1st 2005

Some studies have shown that Vitamin C can reduce the incidence of the flu, lead to rapid improvements and shorten the duration.

Vitamin C has been touted as a cold remedy for decades and with good reason. When a group of 12 placebo-controlled studies were reviewed, the researchers found that taking 1000 - 8000 mgs (1 to 8 grams) of vitamin C slashed the length of illness and the severity of cold symptoms by almost 25%.

The news is even better for kids. Another review study found that vitamin C supplements led to even greater benefits for children's colds than for grown-ups. This study also shed light on how much vitamin C is best in the battle against colds. Taking 2 grams or more a day was superior to just 1 gram daily in terms of reducing the duration of cold symptoms.

During the unique process to make Ester-C, an important natural metabolite of vitamin C called calcium threonate is formed. Biochemically identical to the form produced in the body during metabolism of vitamin C in the liver, the calcium threonate found in Ester-C has special benefits which enhance the effectiveness of vitamin C. Ester-C offers real advantages related to absorption, utilization in the body and tolerance with a neutral pH meaning that there is less possibility of stomach upset or discomfort.

Footnote from Ideal Health:

The following products are all useful for Energy & Immune system support:

Ester C 1000mg plus Bioflavonoids
Ezziac Tea
Immune Boost
Immune Booster for Kids
Immune Defence Cough & Cold Relief
Family C Powder
Hi Strength Fish Oil
Olive Leaf Complex
Superior Iron
Vitamin C with Hesperidin Complex
Vir Defence
Winter Guard

Related health information can be found here:

Cold & Flu
Cold Sores
Skin Health

Related articles can be found here:

Don't let the winter bug get you!
Boost Your Seven Immune Systems
Detox Your Body - Improve Your Energy
Don't Forget Your Liver
The Winter First Aid Kit in a Bottle
Soothe Your Stomach With Slippery Elm
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If you need help or advice, you are welcome to email our naturopathic team with your health question.

Disclaimer: The health information presented here has been written for the New Zealand health consumer. It is of a general nature and is only intended to provide a summary of the subjects covered. The information is not intended to be comprehensive or to provide medical advice to you. While all care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information, no responsibility or liability is accepted, and no person should act in reliance on any statement contained in the information provided. All health ailments should be treated by a qualified health professional.


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