Why Depend on Orange Juice When You Could be Eating THESE Foods Instead!

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By Karen Azeez

When you think of vitamin C, you probably think of a big glass of orange juice to ward off a winter cold. But today, we know that vitamin C is vital for so much more than just bolstering immunity.

As a powerful antioxidant, Vitamin C (or Ascorbic Acid) can help slow the aging process and prevent cell damage leading to cancer and other diseases. In fact, some of the many benefits of vitamin C are:

  • Increasing collagen production for healthy skin, teeth and bones.
  • Reducing stress by promoting production of serotonin and dopamine.
  • Accelerating healing.
  • Helping your body absorb iron.
  • Protecting against arterial damage and lowering the risk of heart disease.
  • Improving eye health and preventing the progress of age-related macular degeneration.

Although you can still get a healthy dose of vitamin C with citrus fruit like oranges or grapefruits, using a variety of fruit sources to reach your daily intake helps ensure you are obtaining adequate amounts of other nutrients, too.

Check out the following foods, which are veritable vitamin C powerhouses:

1. Camu Camu

Just one teaspoon of camu camu powder has 708 mg – or about 1200% of your recommended daily intake. That’s nearly 8 times as much as the classic orange. So, swap out a smoothie with camu camu powder instead of OJ if you want to boost your C intake.

2. Red Peppers

A cup of chopped red bell pepper contains 190 mg – combine that with some spinach and, not only will you have a vitamin C-packed side dish, but your body will be able to better assimilate the iron coming from the leafy greens.

3. Guavas

One serving of this delicious, tropical fruit contains 188 mg or nearly 300% of your daily requirements.

4. Kiwi Fruit

Coming in right behind at 167 mg, kiwis make ho-hum yogurt and salads sing.

5. Goji Berries

For an extra antioxidant punch, try dark chocolate covered goji berries. This makes a great healthy snack with a hefty dose vitamin C.  

6. Papayas

With a whopping 95.6 mg, this yummy fruit also aids in digestion and makes a fabulous smoothie.

7. Strawberries

One cup of this sweet treat offers 84.7 mg of C. Why not make your dessert a healthier one by topping it with these gems, drizzled with a little coconut milk!

8. Broccoli

This cruciferous vegetable proves that vitamin C is not just for fruits. Each cup has more than a day’s supply of vitamin C. Add some to your next stir fry with red pepper and you’ve got one heck of a vitamin-rich dinner.

9. Honorable Mention: Tomatoes

Because tomatoes are one of the most popular plant foods in the nation, it’s fortunate that they are also a great source of Vitamin C. A medium tomato contains about 23 mg of vitamin C.  And, when added to a salad, their vitamin C will enhance the iron absorption from your leafy greens.

It’s important to remember that vitamin C is water-soluble, therefore it cannot be stored in the body and must be replaced each day. C vitamins can lose their potency in food quickly, so the fresher your fruits and veggies, the better!

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Karen Azeez

Health Coach, Wellness Expert and Freelance Writer at Well Beings
Karen Azeez is a health coach, wellness expert and freelance writer. Karen helps busy men and women incorporate simple lifestyle changes into their daily routine to address issues such as weight gain, insomnia, stress and digestion problems. Karen enjoys cooking healthy meals, hiking with her husband and border collie and watching way too many TV shows about wedding dress shopping.
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