Autumn brings lower temperatures and diminished sunlight – conditions that can seriously impact our immune systems. So how can we fight the threats of cold and flu season? Vitamin C is a great place to start.
Vitamin C combats viruses, bacterial infections and cell damage – and there are plenty of yummy foods and drinks rich in Vitamin C (so you won’t be limited to orange juice). Here are some tasty ways to maintain a diverse diet while still boosting your immune system:
1. Red and Green Hot Chili Peppers
A single green hot chili pepper contains almost twice the recommended daily amount (DV) of Vitamin C for an average adult. Great for spicing up lunch or dinner while boosting your cold-fighting powers.
Depending on variety, guavas provide about 228 mg of Vitamin C per 100 gram serving. Not to mention that the taste of fresh guava juice is heavenly.
3. Bell Peppers
If you can't handle hot chilies, bell peppers are a bit sweeter and they still provide about 200% DV of Vitamin C per serving. They make a great pizza topping!
4. Leafy Greens
Go green. Dark, leafy veggies like kale, mustard greens, and garden cress provide more than 100% of recommended Vitamin C per cup.
Other tasty foods that provide over 100% daily recommended value of Vitamin C include broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, and papayas. And don’t forget kiwi fruit (aka gooseberry) for delicious desserts and smoothies.
And if none of the above appeals to you personally, keep in mind that good old orange juice holds a power-packing punch of Vitamin C in every glass.
Did we miss any major Vitamin C sources? Let us know by commenting below.