• Probiotic: Vitamin C Combo Keeps Kids Well In The Winter

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    Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that is necessary for normal growth and development.

    Water-soluble vitamins dissolve in water. Leftover amounts of the vitamin leave the body through the urine. That means you need a continuous supply of such vitamins in your diet. Vitamin C is one of many antioxidants. Antioxidants are nutrients that block some of the damage caused by free radicals.

    But a new study has shown that a simple combination of probiotics and vitamin C could hold the key to keeping kids healthy in classrooms during the upcoming winter season.

    In the trial 57 children aged 3 to 5 were given Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium probiotic strains and vitamin C, or an identical looking placebo, and observed over a six month period. None of the children received the flu vaccine during the study period.

    Results published in the European Journal of  Clinical Nurition showed a 33% reduction in the incidence of upper respiratory tract infection (URTIs) and a 30% reduction in the number of missed school days.

    More than just symptomatic relief

    “Previously, a lot of trials had simply looked at the rather more subjective area of symptoms rather than at ‘harder’ outcomes such as absenteeism or use of medication,” said Nigel Plummer, research leader and MD of Welsh firm and trial sponsor, …

    Additional uses include improving physical endurance and slowing aging, as well as counteracting the side effects of cortisone and related drugs, and aiding drug withdrawal in addiction.

    Sometimes, people put vitamin C on their skin to protect it against the sun, pollutants, and other environmental hazards. Vitamin C is also applied to the skin to help with damage from radiation therapy.

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