17 Mar Vitamin C

A common question I am asked is what foods contain the highest levels of Vitamin C. Supplementation can be helpful after illness but as a preventative measure it’s always good to get what you need from the foods that you are eating.

What does Vitamin C do in the body?

  • Promotes healthy glowing skin and collagen formation
  • Improves mineral absorption
  • Fights free radical damage
  • Boosts immunity fighting colds and flu
  • Improves health of gums and teeth
  • Vital for circulation and heart health

 

Can you overdose on too much Vitamin C?

 
The recommended daily intake (RDA) for vitamin C is 90 mg/day for men and 75 mg/day for women. The Daily Value is 60 mg. Very high doses of vitamin C from supplements in any form, such as those above 2 grams per day, could cause diarrhea, nausea, stomach cramps, headache, flushing or an increased risk of kidney stones.

What are the top foods containing Vitamin C?

 
1) Oranges
1 large: 82 mg (over 100% DV)

2) Red peppers
½ cup chopped, raw: 95 mg (over 100% DV)

3) Kale
1 cup: 80 mg (134% DV)

4) Brussels sprouts
½ cup cooked: 48 mg (80% DV)

5) Broccoli
½ cup cooked: 51 mg (107% DV)

6) Strawberries
½ cup: 42 mg (70% DV)

7) Grapefruit
½ cup: 43 mg (71% DV)

8) Guava
1 fruit: 125 mg (over 100% DV)

9) Kiwi
1 piece: 64 mg (33% DV)

10) Green peppers
½ c chopped, raw: 60 mg (100% DV)

Other Potential Considerations

 

Any vitamin C supplement may interact with blood-thinning medications, so speak with your doctor before adding these supplements to your daily routine.

 

Source: draxe.com

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