Two recently published studies came with new possible ways in which to help reduce cold symptoms. These were linked to either an increased vitamin C consumption and to the participants’ social environment.
One of the studies was carried out in the United States by Rice University researchers. Study results were published in the Health Psychology journal. Research involved 159 people and compared their cold symptoms with their social life. More exactly, with their social network’s diversity, size and the participant’s perceived loneliness levels.
According to this study, feeling lonely does not increase the chances of getting a cold. However, it could influence the severity of its symptoms. From the involved study participants which actually developed a cold, the ones which perceived a higher feeling of loneliness also reported more severe symptoms. The size of one’s social circle also doesn’t seem to matter.
“If you build those networks – consistently, working on them and your relationships – when you do fall ill, it may not feel so bad.” This is according to the study lead, Angie LeRoy.
Cold Symptoms May Actually Be Alleviated By Consuming Vitamin C
The second study on cold symptoms comes from University of Helsinki researchers. These published their research results in the Nutrients journal. The paper was based on two randomized trials which, in their turn, investigated the effects of vitamin C.
For the study, the team analyzed the results of two doses of vitamin C on the common cold. Each trial split its participants into groups with each being given a different vitamin dosage. They also included a placebo, as a control group.
According to the Finish study, a daily dose of 8 grams can shorten a common cold by 19 percent. This is twice the result garnered by consuming 4 grams of vitamin C on a daily basis whilst with a cold.
The study team did, nonetheless, point out, that more research on the matter should be carried out. However, vitamin C could be a useful, safe, and cost-effective method of alleviating cold symptoms.
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