Global EditionASIA 中文双语Français
China
Home / China / Fact check

Does vitamin C help prevent the novel coronavirus?

By Guan Xiaomeng | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2020-02-20 07:30
[Photo/VCG]

Vitamin C supplements are reportedly in clinical trials in Wuhan to help cure the novel coronavirus pneumonia, so the public is wondering whether it helps to have vitamin C at home to prevent the disease. 

According to Ruan Guangfeng from China Food Information Center, the saying that vitamin C helps improve immunity originates from people's knowledge about colds, which is scientifically groundless. There is no proof that vitamin C relieves or cures colds.

Ruan said it is not necessary for healthy people to take extra supplements to prevent the disease as long as they get enough nutrition from a balanced diet. 

As for those who stay at home during the epidemic control, Ruan suggests taking vitamin C if fresh vegetables and fruit are temporarily unavailable - 100 milligrams for adults and no more than 200 milligrams for those who are pregnant.

Vitamin C supplements are not an alternative to fresh food, he said. 

Top
BACK TO THE TOP
English
Copyright 1995 - . All rights reserved. The content (including but not limited to text, photo, multimedia information, etc) published in this site belongs to China Daily Information Co (CDIC). Without written authorization from CDIC, such content shall not be republished or used in any form. Note: Browsers with 1024*768 or higher resolution are suggested for this site.
License for publishing multimedia online 0108263

Registration Number: 130349
FOLLOW US