Vitamin C, the Myths You Should Know

Here at Clean Buddies, we care about health. That’s how Clean Buddies started, with the purpose of helping people stay healthy. That’s also why we like to focus on what we are putting into our bodies. We discussed selenium and its importance, and we have talked about the benefits of zinc. In the next few posts, we will talk about a vitamin that everyone believes they are knowledgeable on: vitamin C.

In order to really understand why we need it and how to get it, it’s best to start with the myths surrounding the vitamin. Many of these myths might be entrenched in your psyche as truth, but let’s address some of them.

Myth: Chugging orange juice will stop a cold

We’ve all probably heard that we need to drink as much O-J as possible when we feel a cold coming on, but this is actually not the case. Research shows that overloading on vitamin C won’t actually do all that much to prevent a cold. In some male athletes it seems to have a greater impact, but this isn’t true for women.

Vitamin C is important for the immune system, but overloading on it isn’t the miracle booster it is sometimes advertised to be.

Myth: Citrus is the best place for vitamin C

Don’t get me wrong, oranges are a great source of vitamin C, but they are not the best place. In our upcoming post, we will discuss all the places you can get your vitamin C, but the best natural source is actually Bell Peppers, which make a great addition to many meals!

Myth: There’s no such thing as too much vitamin C

Like all things, too much of a good thing can be bad. If too much water is bad for you, then there isn’t much out there that you cannot get too much of. You can, in fact, have too much vitamin C.

Excess vitamin C is filtered through the kidneys, and you can overload them. Vitamin C has a Tolerable Upper Intake Level of about 2,000 milligrams a day. That means you shouldn’t be exceeding that number. It’s important to note that it would take a lot to reach that daily limit, and it will most likely come from supplements rather than natural diet.

Having too much vitamin C can lead to side effects in your digestive tract. You can experience bloating, nausea, vomiting, heartburn, headaches, and even kidney stones.

Just be sure not to overdo it.

In our next post

Our next post will focus on all the benefits of vitamin C, and the following post will discuss all the best places to get it, so be sure to check those out.