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Story Updated: Oct 4, 2012

Your mother always swore by Vitamin C to combat a cold...but how about Vitamin D?

Researchers in New Zealand recently put it to the test with the help of 322 healthy adult participants. Each was randomly assigned to receive either a high monthly dose of Vitamin D or a placebo.

During the 18-month study, there were 593 upper respiratory infections reported in the Vitamin D group. While 611 colds were reported in the placebo group.

An upper respiratory infection in our study was defined as having one of more of the following symptoms which I think everyone would

be familiar with, nasal stuffiness, runny nose, sore

throat, a cough, with the person telling us that it

was not due to their allergies if they had them.Ó

With numbers that close, taking Vitamin D was seen as having no clinical impact against getting a bad cold...or how long it lasted.

So while low Vitamin D levels have been associated with an increased risk of respiratory infections...this small study indicates Vitamin D supplements are no match for the common cold.

The complete study can be found in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV, with news you can use for healthier living.

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