Hughes attributed this remarkable recovery to the gallons of fresh squeezed orange juice that he drank every day while in the hospital.
As it turns out he may have been on to something all along.
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, Vitamin C heals wounds and forms scar tissue, repairs and maintains cartilage, maintains bones and teeth and forms an important protein used to make skin, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels. In addition to Vitamin C’s ability to prevent scurvy, Vitamin C has also been found to prevent or improve a wide range of health issues.
Myth Number 1: Vitamin C Cures the Common Cold. Although Vitamin C has massive benefits overall, when kept in its optimal levels for overall health. There is little evidence suggesting Vitamin C cures the common cold. On the other hand, when kept in its optimal levels it has been shown to decrease the duration of the Common Cold and has shown particular benefit with individuals in extreme stressful situations. For example, extreme cold and marathon runners. It is noted that individuals should test to see the potential beneficial effects they receive with common cold symptoms. And ideally always working to keep your immune system strong and ready to deal with any attacks. (1)