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Vitamin C is essential for normal bodily function and has long been known for its many health benefits. Doctors say Vitamin C helps protect against immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, eye disease, skin wrinkling, reduces inflammation, and most well-known … the common cold. Though there is still a lot of debate about the effective amount of consumption, the current recommended daily value is (75-90mg). This doesn’t seem like much, but you would be surprised how many diets lack in vitamin C.

For most of us, vitamin C is almost synonymous with oranges and it’s the first thing we grab when looking for a boost of vitamin C. This is with good reason, because oranges do contain a generous amount of this important vitamin (70mg per orange).  That said, you might be surprised to find out what other foods have as much, or more vitamin C than the infamous orange.

Foods rich in vitamin C:

  • Acerola Cherries, hand full: 100 mg
  • Cantaloupe, 1 cup (8 ounces): 59mg
  • Orange juice, 1 cup: 97mg
  • Broccoli, cooked, 1 cup: 74mg
  • Red cabbage, 1/2 cup: 40mg
  • Green pepper, 1/2 cup: 60mg
  • Red pepper, 1/2 cup: 95mg
  • Kiwi, 1 medium: 70mg
  • Tomato juice, 1 cup: 45mg.