Genetics news & views from students enrolled in BIOL 2110 at Stockton University.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Vitamin C Myth?
In the article, What
does Vitamin C Really Do?,
it is explained how Linus Pauling, the father of
molecular biology, created a myth about vitamin C. The myth is that vitamin C
prevents colds, cancers, and cures either aliment. In this article, it is
stated, “Some studies have found evidence that regular usage might shorten the
duration of your cold, but not when taken after the onset of the cold. Others
have found associations with daily dosage and lower risk of cardiovascular
diseases, though still have shown no relationship whatsoever.” Vitamin C is
water-soluble so it will exit the body by peeing. According to this article,
taking vitamin C supplements will have no effect on our bodies health because
it is water-soluble. Personally, I do not fully agree with this statement. I
think that even though vitamin C is water-soluble, taking it, by eating foods
such as bananas, apples, and onions, will help an individual create collagen and
heal wounds by repairing tissues. This is an example how vitamin C effects our
bodies. But, I do agree with the myth that vitamin C does not prevent colds and cancers. If
vitamin C prevented colds, then many people would not catch colds and if it prevented cancer, many people would not get the terrible news from the doctor that they have cancer. I believe
that it can shorten the time of a cold. Personally, I take multi-vitamins every
morning because I do not get all the vitamins I need, from the food that I eat.
From these multi-vitamins, I do intake vitamin C daily. Even though I am taking
these, I know vitamin C does not prevent colds or cancer.