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Winter bugs: Vitamin C and zinc

Does an orange a day keep colds away? Scroobius Pip joins science presenter Greg Foot to see if vitamin C and zinc can beat the common cold

Vitamin C is one of the most popular products used to combat the common cold. But does it work? Greg Foot reviews the evidence for both vitamin C and zinc to see if they are The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread.

He’s joined again by podcaster, rapper and actor Scroobius Pip and virologist Wendy Barclay from Imperial College London. The team will be giving you their Top Tips, backed by real scientific evidence, for beating the winter bugs.

Presenter: Greg Foot
Producer: Michelle Martin
Researcher: Amelia West
Studio Managers: Emma Harth, John Boland
Editors: Deborah Cohen, Rami Tzabar

The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread is a BBC Science Radio Unit Production.

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Winter bugs: what’s really the best way to keep them at bay?

Winter bugs: what’s really the best way to keep them at bay?

Greg Foot scrutinises the supposed benefits of hand sanitisers, vitamin C and zinc.

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Do skincare marketing claims stand up to scrutiny?

Greg Foot and his guests puts some popular skincare products in the spotlight.

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