If you’re like me, you buy large boxes of Emergen-C this time of year. It’s getting colder outside, which means more colds and flus are spreading around. We’ve speculated for years that Vitamin C is great at fending off illness as well as helping you get better faster if you are already sick, but science doesn’t actually back up this idea.
Despite the lack of science, consuming Vitamin C doesn’t hurt, right? Emergen-C is a product that easily accessible and easily consumable. You can put it in your purse or pocket and have it ready to take anywhere. Just add water and you’re covered, right? Not so fast says Canada’s CBC.
In the first independent lab testing of its kind in Canada, the networks Marketplace program tested popular vitamins and supplements to see if what is on the label is actually what is in the bottle. In the case of Emergen-C, it had the poorest results, containing only 1/3 of the Vitamin C content listed on the product label. “Vitamin C actually degrades over time. It’s one of the hardest vitamins to keep shelf stable,” Thanedar told Marketplace.
Will you stop taking Emergen-C?