While using Vitamin C (also known as Ascorbic acid) improves the immune system it’s also benifitial for the skin as it protects the cells from damaging free radicals caused by UV exposure. It inhibits the production of melanin in the skin, which helps to lessen hyperpigmentation and brown spots, even out skin tone and improve the skin’s glow.
Vitamin C has immense immune-boosting properties, helps with collagen retention, hormone stability, as well as carnitine and amino acid formation. Extreme Vitamin C deficiencies are rare; thankfully, the scary ‘scurvy’ days are far behind, with very few cases still being noticed where severe malnourishment can be found.
I won’t go into what an immune system is or what vitamin C does as I am sure you already have an idea, and if not here is a comic explanation: if your body is a country, your immune system is your defense army and vitamin C is one of its nukes.
So you may be wondering, which food sources contain this vitamin the most. For this reason we are going to zero in on a list of foods that do just that.
Facts of Vitamin C:
When most of us think of Vitamin C, the image of an orange or tangerine pops up. While they do contain Vitamin C, they are not the foods with the highest amount. For example, moringa contains 7 times more Vitamin C than oranges, and a cup of red bell pepper contains about 3 times more.
Vitamin C is a water-soluble, but it can be taken in an overdose since the body cannot utilize more than 200 mg at once, and it can’t be stored. This then causes the extra to be passed out in the urine. On top of that it can also cause side effects like nausea, bloating, headaches, insomnia, heartburn, and kidney stones.
The long awaited list of superfoods containing Vitamin C:
Now take your pens and papers, and jot down notes from this comprehensive list of foods rich in Vitamin C:
- Kakadu Plums
- Chili Peppers
- Sweet Yellow Peppers
- Mustard Spinach
- Brussels Sprouts