Annotated Medical Bibliography
By Dr. Alan Inglis, MD

Vitamin C has received an enormous amount of publicity over the years for treatment of the common cold. Back and forth and back and forth. In my view, on careful examination of the evidence, the use of vitamin C in people suffering from viral illnesses such as the common cold and flu is a good bet. Of particular interest to me is the more extensive research from Finland on the subject, which I have shown below. I invite you to take a look yourself.

-- Dr. Alan Inglis


Anderson TW, Suranyi G, Beaton GH (1974) The effect on winter illness of large doses of vitamin C. Can Med Assoc J 111: 31–36.

Chalker, E, Hemilia, H Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2013 Jan 31;(1):CD000980. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD000980.pub4. Vitamin C for preventing and treating the common cold.

Hemilä Harri Contributor: Kansanterveystieteen laitos 'Vitamin C supplementation and the common cold - was Linus Pauling right or wrong?' HELDA Univ. of Helsinki Jan 2009

Hemilä , H & Herman , Z S 1995 , ' Vitamin C and the common cold: a retrospective analysis of Chalmers’ review.'  Journal of the American College of Nutrition , vol 14 , no. 2 , pp. 116-123 . , 10.1080/07315724.1995.

Hemilä Harri Contributor: Kansanterveystieteen Laitos 'Does vitamin C alleviate the symptoms of the common cold? A review of current evidence.' HELDA Univ of Helsinki Feb 2009

Hemila, Harri PhD Vitamin C Supplementation and Common CoId Symptoms: Problem with Inaccurate Reviews ( Department of Public Health, University of Helsinki, Finland) Part of the series Birkhäuser Advances in Infectious Diseases pp 275-307

Harri Hemilä Vitamin C for Preventing and Treating the Common Cold Best Practice, PLoS Medicine | June 2005 | Volume 2 | Issue 6 | e168

Pauling L (1971) The significance of the evidence about ascorbic acid and the common cold. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 68: 2678–2681. 

EB, Treacy B (2004) Vitamin C for preventing and treating the common cold. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2004: CD000980.pub2.