Vitamin C is used by most people looking for a natural way of treating the common cold. The reason for their choice was based on the work carried out by Professor Linus Pauling. Many people have said that Linus Pauling’s work has not been vindicated in recent trials. However, I do not believe this to be true. Recent double-blind trials on vitamin C have shown that the symptoms of the common cold can be dramatically reduced by the taking of 2000 mg of vitamin C daily. It is probable that ascorbic acid assists the immune system and acts against pathogens, especially bacteria and viruses.

Vitamin C levels of white blood cells have been shown to decrease with depressed immunological function. Viral infection rapidly depletes leucocyte ascorbate and varying degrees of nonspecific immunosuppression are now recognised to accompany such infections.

At my clinic using a combination containing garlic, echinacea, beta-carotene, vitamin E and vitamin C, in the treatment of many viral and virus-related illnesses has had successful results.

I have also used this combination of herbs and nutrients when treating patients suffering from post-viral syndrome and those who are constantly contracting viral infections. The results of these patient studies have shown a marked improvement in the patients’ resistance to infection.


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