A recent study description notes that vitamin C is an antioxidant that may help prevent cytokine-induced damage to the lungs. Cytokines are small proteins released by cells, which trigger inflammation and respond to infections. Severe lung inflammation with COVID-19 may result in respiratory distress and even death.

The clinical trial description states that vitamin C reduces the inflammatory response, and both prevents and shortens the duration of the common cold. The description further states that insufficient vitamin C is related to an increased risk and severity of influenza infections. The team aims to see if vitamin C has similar effects against viral pneumonia associated with COVID-19.

However not all experts agree. “Your immune system does need vitamin C to work right. But extra won’t help you avoid a cold. It may make it go away faster or not feel as bad – if you were taking it before you got sick.”

Don’t go crazy –  vitamin C is generally safe but, “Large doses of vitamin C may cause stomach upset and diarrhea in adults and have been reported to cause kidney stones.” Be smart.

Include vitamin C rich foods in your meals.