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Vitamins and Their Role in Treating the Common Cold
It's That Time Again -- Are You Taking The Right Vitamins to Ward Off Colds?
There is a layer of cells that lines a person’s respiratory tract, which is known as the epithelium. The virus of the common cold actually becomes trapped in this mucosa lining, which helps it to prevent a person from becoming sick and suffering the symptoms of the common cold. Vitamin A can help a great deal in strengthening the mucosa and the lining that helps to neutralize immune proteins. Fighting the symptoms of the common cold can be helped tremendously by simply taking 50 to 100k IU of vitamin A for a period of no longer than 5 days at a time.
Taking high levels of vitamin C that consist of at least 3000 milligrams each day can help a great deal in helping to prevent the common cold from even starting. When a person begins to notice the symptoms that are associated with the common cold, they should immediately begin to take anywhere from 6000 to 12,000 milligrams a day. If this amount is taken for a period of about one week, they will notice a huge difference. This is a great way to help maximize the fighting power of the immune system within the body.
There is a large amount of toxins that are produced naturally within a person’s body when the immune system is fighting against an infection like the common cold. Taking vitamin E in combination with vitamin C is a great way to protect the body’s cells from the damage and oxidation that these free radicals can cause. When the common cold has already taken hold, taking adequate amounts of vitamin E in combination with vitamin C can make the recovery time from this sickness much faster. A good amount of vitamin E to take would be between 400 and 800 IU. Not only is this vitamin beneficial for the common cold, but it also fights against many other serious health conditions as well.
In some studies zinc has proven to be very effective at fighting against the virus that causes the common cold. It is suggested that taking about 120 to 140 milligrams, which is between four and six zinc lozenges each day for approximately 5 days can effectively kill the cold virus.
There have been numerous tests that have proven just how beneficial vitamins can be to the human body. It has also been proven that they are especially beneficial when a person has contracted the virus that causes the common cold.
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Page Updated Last on: Feb 15, 2013