Autumn brings lower temperatures and diminished sunlight – conditionsthat can seriously impact our immune systems. So how can we fight the threatsof cold and flu season? Vitamin C is a great place to start.
Vitamin C combats viruses, bacterial infections and celldamage – and there are plenty of yummy foods and drinks rich in Vitamin C (soyou won’t be limited to orange juice). Here are some tasty ways to maintain adiverse diet while still boosting your immune system:
1. Red and Green Hot Chili Peppers
A single green hot chilipepper contains almost twice the recommended daily amount (DV) of Vitamin Cfor an average adult. Great for spicing up lunch or dinner while boosting yourcold-fighting powers.
Depending on variety, guavasprovide about 228 mg of Vitamin C per 100 gram serving. Not to mention that thetaste 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% DVof 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% ofrecommended Vitamin C per cup.
Other tasty foods that provide over 100% daily recommendedvalue of Vitamin C include broccoli,cauliflower, brussel sprouts, and papayas.And don’t forget kiwi fruit (akagooseberry) for delicious desserts and smoothies.
And if none of the above appeals to you personally, keep inmind that good old orange juiceholds a power-packing punch of Vitamin C in every glass.
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