How strong is your vitamin knowledge?
True or False: Vitamin C can ward off a cold.
- The answer is False.
When researchers reviewed more than a decade’s worth of findings, they found that megadoses of Vitamin C don’t prevent colds for most people. Some studies suggest that it might help you get over the symptoms faster, but it won’t make them less severe.
Which nutrients might protect your eyesight as you age?
- Zeaxanthin and Lutein found in fruits and vegetables
- Vitamin C and E
- All of the above
Studies show that many different vitamins and minerals may lower your risk for an eye problem known as macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss for people over 65. A balanced diet loaded with fruits and vegetables should give you all you need. If your risk is still high, your doctor may prescribe a supplement along with lifestyle changes.
True or False: Vitamin B12 gives you more energy?
- The correct answer is False.
It’s definitely important to get enough B12. Too little of it can cause memory loss, confusion, anemia and tingling in your arms and legs. But there’s little evidence that taking it makes you a better athlete or gives you more energy. A diet that includes meat, fish or dairy products should give you enough.
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