Without vitamin C, our body could be overrun by free radicals. This means that it could take longer for our wounds to heal, and it could mean that we end up with some serious tissue damage after exercising. Moreover, without an adequate amount of vitamin C in our body, we would lack the necessary amount of collagen that is found in our ligaments and tendons.
We’re often told that we can get our best – and easiest – vitamin C fix via juices. This is true, but there are also other excellent sources of vitamin C that you might not have considered before. For example, peppers and other vegetables are stocked with enough vitamin C to help fight off those pesky free radicals, as well as a number of citrus fruits.
The advice from doctors is to pick one of our recommended foods and eat them for breakfast. According to research, eating a vitamin C-laden brekki is a surefire way to ward off a stroke before your day has even got started.
Even if you just consume a small cup of halved strawberries, you’ll be ingesting 89.4 mg of vitamin C. That’s impressive, and many people eat them for breakfast because of the health benefits they bring: For example, strawberries are known to help lowered blood pressure, and they can also make our blood vessels much more elastic.
So the next time your girl gets you a box of Frosted Flakes, tell her “thanks, but no thanks.” You’re on the strawberries.
Green Bell Pepper
We love green bell pepper’s and we think you should too. Juts a single half cup of sautéed green pepper comes packed with up to 100 mg of vitamin C. And the great thing about it is that you can do so much with it at breakfast time: You can either mix it into an omelette, or you can rustle up an intoxicating Mexican breakfast.
Red Bell Pepper
The red bell pepper is the ripe version of the green bell pepper and can also be used in a variety of creative ways at breakfast time. The difference is that this matured pepper has more vitamin C in a single half cup – 15 mg more! Whether you opt for this or the green bell pepper might come down to a matter of personal taste, but they also have nine times as much vitamin A.
That’s what sitting in the sun for longer does to you.
Oranges are a great source of vitamin C, coming up with 97.5 mg of the stuff. But did you know that if you ate the peel too, you’d be intaking a whopping 120.7 mg of vitamin C? Many people find the idea of eating an orange peel a little freaky, but it’s actually the most nutritious part of the fruit – and it’s perfectly tasty too.
And if anyone asks you in the office why on earth you’re eating the peel, just tell them you’ve got a lust for life.