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 large: 82 mg (over 100% DV)
2) Red peppers
½ cup chopped, raw: 95 mg (over 100% DV)
1 cup: 80 mg (134% DV)
4) Brussels sprouts
½ cup cooked: 48 mg (80% DV)
½ cup cooked: 51 mg (107% DV)
½ cup: 42 mg (70% DV)
½ cup: 43 mg (71% DV)
1 fruit: 125 mg (over 100% DV)
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.