The food we eat influences our bodies' immune responses to infection. So focusing on nutrition is one thing we can do to help protect ourselves in the face of the coronavirus threat.
Vitamin C is important for immune function.
Though so-called naturopathic influencers on social media claim taking near-lethal doses of vitamin C is the cure for COVID-19, one expert says that vitamin C is unlikely to cure coronavirus.
In some communities, over a quarter of the children were misclassified as iron replete whereas they were iron deficient.
Scurvy cases in England have more than doubled in the past ten years. But malnutrition rates have more than tripled.
Yes, fruit juice contains natural sugar, but it has other benefits over sugar-sweetened drinks.
People often avoid fruit juice due to its sugar content and low fibre, but it still contains lots of good chemicals our bodies need.
Once you have a cold, taking vitamin C supplements won’t do anything.
From vitamin C to chicken soup, there are many supposed remedies for treating a cold. Here's what the evidence says.
The evidence for herbal remedies for colds just isn’t strong enough.
We asked an immunologist to assess the evidence for a popular cold and flu herbal remedy. She concluded there isn't enough evidence to support its use.
Horseradish hasn’t been studied, and studies on garlic found it probably does nothing.
Complementary medicines are increasingly invoking traditional use when the science does not add up. Horseradish and garlic products provide a good example.
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Something exciting is going on – no thanks to the supplements industry.
Scurvy was common in sailors on long voyages who were deprived of citrus fruit and vegetables.
Scurvy is a historical disease caused by severe and chronic deficiency of vitamin C. Its recent reemergence is a poor reflection of the nation's diet.
Blockade of Toulon by Thomas Luny.
The British blockade of France wouldn't have worked if it wasn't for an ingenious experiment conducted half a century earlier.
Pregnant smokers who take Vitamin C supplements can improve the lung function of their newborns, a recent study suggests…
Unfortunately, nothing really works – or works that well – to prevent or treat colds.
With symptoms including a runny nose, sore throat, sneezing, cough, headaches and fever, the common cold can leave you feeling rotten for up to two weeks. As the name suggests, they’re annoyingly common…
The shiny surface of an apple is often courtesy of the wax of a Brazilian palm tree.
Packaged green salad items, such as lettuce, coleslaw, or spinach sold ready to toss in the salad bowl, are now a frequent item in supermarket trolleys. With the ongoing popularity of such convenience…
For a large amount of money, you can now get vitamins through an intravenous drip.
Now appearing in a tabloid near you, reports of the latest fad – infusion of intravenous vitamins, which, exactly as described, is vitamins applied through an intravenous drip. Sounds a little extreme…
Just eat them, they’re good for you.
Without vitamins in our diet we wouldn’t survive but taking too many can be harmful. There’s a limit to how much we actually need. However, since the discovery of vitamins - or “vital amines” as they were…