No, Vitamin C Supplements Won’t Protect You From COVID-19

With no definite vaccine in sight, people on social media have took to their own devices and looking for different ways to protect themselves from the ongoing viral outbreak. One such land mine is vitamin C tablets, which are supposedly able to keep you safe from COVID-19.

Of course, this information is no truer than internet claims promising a trip to a foreign country if you “click on this link right now!”

In fact, there is no such scientific evidence whatsoever of any supplement – be it vitamin C, D, probiotics, prebiotics or otherwise – that can protect you from the new coronavirus. And if you need any more convincing, then the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) even went as far as to say that “there is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19.”

Where did these claims come from?

According to some experts, this may have started from a claim made by Nobel-prize-winning chemist Linus Pauling, who said that the common cold can be alleviated and prevented by vitamin C. And while all is well and good, that claim was made back in the 1970s, and it’s not like science has proved it, because it hasn't.

However, while a 2013 study revealed that vitamin C can’t prevent the common cold from affecting an average person, it did often reduce the symptoms that come with it. What’s important to remember, however, is that the common cold is very different from the current coronavirus. So vitamin C supplementation isn’t effective against it. In fact, not even scientists know what’s effective against it since everyone is still hard at work trying to develop a vaccine that everyone can use.

Furthermore, you also don’t need to take supplementation for your vitamin C needs. According to CDC, you can easily take all your daily vitamin C needs by eating a balanced and healthy diet. You can easily find it on fruits like tangerines, oranges, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, bell peppers and Brussels sprouts.

So no, vitamin C can’t stop the coronavirus. Washing your hands can, though, so make sure you don’t forget to do it properly.

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