A powerful antioxidant – vitamin C plays a role in preventing oxidation (or ‘rusting’) of cells in the body. It’s also a key nutrient for stress support. Your adrenals chew through vitamin C when under stress, so getting as much of this key nutrient as possible will help your body to cope with pressure and tension.
You might be surprised to know that Oranges aren’t actually the fruit highest in vitamin C.
Here are five of my favourite food sources of vitamin C
- Red & Yellow Peppers (Capsicum) - these red, slightly sweet tasting veggies are probably the highest source of vitamin C found in whole foods. They contain 184mg Vitamin C per 100g. While not everyone can eat peppers, as they're nightshades, they definitely rule the roost when it comes to vitamin C.
- Dark Green Leafy Vegetables – Hail to Kale! A staple ingredient in most of my homemade juices or juices that I buy when out and about – Kale is incredibly rich in powerful antioxidants, vitamin K as well as being high in iron. Kale has around 120mg Vitamin C per 100g, that’s about 2 cups of chopped kale. Hard to get through in a salad, but easy if you juice it.
- Kiwi – A New Zealand favourite Kiwifruit have 93mg of Vitamin C per 100g, or around 64mg per fruit.
- Broccoli – my absolute favourite cruciferous vegetable, broccoli is exceptionally rich in phytonutrients with proven detoxification & anti-cancer properties. Broccoli also boasts 90mg Vitamin C per 100g (that’s about a cup of chopped florets)
- Berries – specifically, strawberries. Leave off the cream and these are a fabulous dessert or smoothie ingredient. 59mg Vitamin C per 100g.
Now - perhaps I can come up with a recipe that incorporates as many of these vitamin C rich foods as possible... A kiwi and berry green smoothie comes to mind!