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Can Vitamin C Prevent the Common Cold ?

It's official - the cold season is here. You can't miss the symptoms; a scratchy throat, a headache, and a runny nose. If you think boosting your Vitamin C intake may help, then read on...

What is Vitamin C? 
Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin with antioxidant benefits to help boost your immune system, protect your cells and keep them healthy. The NHS suggests adults need 40mg of  Vitamin C per day and you should be able to get all your Vitamin C from your daily diet.

Is Vitamin C the Cure for the Common Cold? 
The idea Vitamin C could prevent the common cold was developed in the 1970s, by Noble Prize winner Dr Linus Pauling. However, more recent research suggests it's not that simple!
Taking extra Vitamin C will not prevent the common cold, however, some research suggests, if taken regularly, it can reduce the severity of the cold, reducing the symptoms and it may reduce the duration, therefore increasing recovery time. So it's a good idea to boost your Vitamin C by eating plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.

 
How to get your Vitamin C
Oranges
Strawberries
Brussels sprouts
Broccoli
Red and orange bell peppers
Tomatoes 

Try having berries with your breakfast - we recommend at least 1-2 handfuls every day.
An orange or a couple of clementines make a great snack mid-morning.
At lunchtime, make sure you have a tomato salad on the side, or even a tomato and basil soup - the Jane Plan tomato soup is a best seller!  
Then with your dinner, add plenty of broccoli or even sprouts (we love them with a dash of soy sauce). Enjoy!
At Jane Plan, we are committed to helping you achieve your optimum health and well - being. Whilst we focus on what you eat, we also understand how important the other elements are that make for a healthy lifestyle. So if you'd like to talk to us more about your health and well-being, we're here to help.  Get in touch today!  Best wishes Jane xxx

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