5 Sources of Vitamin C

5 Sources of Vitamin C

A healthy diet includes plenty of vitamin C. As an essential nutrient required for the body to maintain and develop cartilage, blood vessels, and scar tissue, vitamin C plays an important role in your health. It also helps you create tyrosine, dopamine, ATP, and natural hormones. More than that, vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, lessening oxidative stress in your body.

While the first source for vitamin C that comes to mind for most people is a big glass of orange juice or freshly peeled orange, this isn’t the only—or even best—source for your body! We’ve listed five other great sources of vitamin C below.

1. Red & Green Bell Peppers

These two delicious peppers are full of nutrients and vitamins—including nearly three times more vitamin C than a typical orange (red bell peppers) at 190 mg. Green bell peppers offer 120 mg, 200% of your recommended daily amount! These peppers also give you vitamin A and are great sources of fiber.

2. Kale

The new trend with kale is definitely a good one. Kale offers twice the recommended intake for vitamin A, seven times the amount for vitamin K, and about 80.4 mg of vitamin C in just one cup. You also get plenty of minerals and fatty acids from this leafy superfood.

3. Broccoli & Cauliflower

Broccoli packs a punch of 132 mg of vitamin C and plenty of fiber in just one serving. A similar cruciferous veggie, cauliflower is also a wonderful source of vitamin C, giving you 127.7 mg in one serving—you also get 5 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein!

4. Pineapple

Leafy greens aren’t the only source of vitamin C! A serving of pineapple contains about 78.9 mg of vitamin C, as well as bromelain, which helps you break down food and reduce bloating. Try snacking on some pineapple after a workout for a faster recovery!

5. Strawberries

Who doesn’t love a fresh, juicy strawberry? The good news is that this sweet fruit holds about 84.7 mg of vitamin C, as well as folate and other compounds that are great for heart health.

Other great sources? Papaya, Brussel sprouts, kiwi, mango, and chili peppers. The diversity of vitamin C sources available means that you can enjoy this great vitamin all season long!

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