Do you know what good sources of vitamin C are? Most people automatically say an orange, and they would be right, but there are a lot of other sources of vitamin C besides oranges!
Orange (medium): 69.7 mg
- Cauliflower (one and a half cups): 69.9 mg
- Brussels sprouts (one cup): 74.8 mg
- Pineapple (one cup): 78.9 mg
- Kale (one cup): 80.4 mg
- Strawberries (one cup): 84.7 mg
- Papaya (one cup): 88.3 mg
- Chili peppers (half-cup of chopped or diced): 107.8 mg
- Green bell pepper (one cup chopped): 120 mg
- Broccoli (one and a half cups): 132 mg
- Kiwi (two fruits): 137.2 mg
- Red bell pepper (one cup chopped): 190 mg
Our bodies don’t make vitamin C and don’t store it, so it’s really important to get vitamin C in your diet. We all want to look younger, right? Vitamin C contains antioxidants that help block damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are responsible for the aging process, those darn things (I picture free radicals looking like the monsters in the movie version of Stephen King’s The Langoliers, starring Balki, please tell me you’ve seen it). Vitamin C in the body also helps heal wounds and helps to repair and maintain cartilage! Vitamin C does not, according to research, reduce your risk of getting a cold, contrary to popular belief. A vitamin C deficiency could lead to scurvy, so don’t become a pirate and be on a ship at sea for extended periods of time.
I know the next question will be “how much should I get daily”? Good question.
Any more intake that your body doesn’t need will be flushed down the toilet. And remember, cooking (including microwaving and steaming) or storing foods rich in vitamin C for a long period of time can reduce the vitamin C content. The best food way to get vitamin C is from uncooked or raw fruits and vegetables.
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