12 Foods With More Vitamin C Than Oranges
If you chug a glass of orange juice every time you start sniffling, you may be onto something.
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Though studies show that consuming vitamin C can't actually prevent colds, loading up on the nutrient may help slightly shorten the length of time you're sick and reduce the severity of your symptoms. But despite their reputation for being loaded with vitamin C, the 69.7 milligrams that a medium orange provides is actually less than many other common fruits and veggies.
To pack the ultimate vitamin C punch, fill up on these 12 superfoods.
A half-cup of chopped or diced chili peppers delivers 107.8 milligrams of vitamin C. Plus, researchers from the University of Buffalo found that capsaicin, the compound that makes chili peppers hot, may help relieve joint and muscle pain.
Red Bell Peppers
A cup of chopped red bell pepper contains nearly three times more vitamin C than an orange — 190 milligrams. Red peppers are also a great source of vitamin A, which promotes eye health.
One NLEA serving of kiwi (about 2 fruits) boasts 137.2 milligrams of vitamin C. The fuzzy fruit is also rich in potassium and copper.
Taste the tropics for a 122.3 milligram boost of vitamin C. Mango is also a great source of vitamin A, which, like vitamin C, plays a key role in immunity and additionally keeps your eyes healthy.
Green Bell Pepper
A cup of chopped green bell pepper contains less vitamin C than its sweeter sister, but at 120 milligrams, it's still 200 percent of your recommended daily allowance. Green bell pepper is also a great source of fiber.
In addition to twice your recommended daily intake of vitamin A and seven times the recommended amount of vitamin K, a one-cup serving of kale provides 80.4 milligrams of vitamin C. The nutrition powerhouse also delivers a sizeable dose of minerals and fatty acids.
This cruciferous veggie provides 132 milligrams of vitamin C plus a punch of filling fiber for just 30 calories per serving. Plus, research shows broccoli may have cancer-preventing properties.
Research shows that eating papaya can help clear your sinuses, brighten your skin and strengthen your bones. A one-cup serving delivers 88.3 milligrams of vitamin C.
A cup of this superfruit contains 84.7 milligrams of vitamin C, plus healthy doses of folate and other compounds shown to promote heart health. Another unexpected benefit of strawberries? They may help whiten your teeth naturally.
Whether you roast it, steam it or mash it, eating a small head of cauliflower gives you a 127.7-milligram dose of vitamin C, plus 5 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein.
These little cabbages are loaded with cancer-preventing phytonutrients and fiber, not to mention 74.8 milligrams of vitamin C. If you're usually turned off by their bitter taste, bring out their natural sweetness by roasting them.
In addition to 78.9 milligrams of vitamin C, pineapple contains bromelain, a digestive enzyme that helps break down food and reduce bloating. Bromelain also acts as a natural anti-inflammatory that can help you recover faster after a tough workout.