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There is limited to nil information regarding Vitamin C and the flu
Vitamin C does not prevent or protect you against the common cold
Vitamin C supplements may reduce the duration of the cold; however this claim is not fully proven as current evidence are conflicting
Basic Information on Vitamin C
Vitamin C helps with a variety of functions in the body, such as the immune system, maintain healthy body tissues, improve the absorption of iron, and etc.
As an average, the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C for adults is 60-100mg
People who smoke requires 35mg more Vitamin C a day
It is recommended to not exceed 2000mg of Vitamin C in a day because it can lead to unpleasant side effects, such as nausea, diarrhoea, frequent urination and headaches. In severe cases, it can lead to the formation of kidney stones
Excess Vitamin C gets excreted in the urine. On that note, people with a history of kidney conditions or kidney stones should avoid high does of Vitamin C
ascorbic acid vs mineral ascorbate
Vitamin C is also known as Ascorbic Acid
Vitamin C supplements normally come in either the form of Ascorbic Acid or the Mineral Salt form of Ascorbic Acid (e.g. Sodium Ascorbate or Calcium Ascorbate)
There are claims that the mineral salt form of Ascorbic Acid is gentler on the stomach because it is less acidic; however there appears to be little scientific research to support or refute the claim that mineral ascorbates are less irritating to the gastrointestinal tract.
Further Reading & References
The Bioavailability of Different Forms of Vitamin C (e.g. Sodium Ascorbate & Calcium Ascorbate)