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Nick's Tip: Now C Here!

by Nick Vitrano

From cancer to the common cold, I don’t know that there is a more debated vitamin in the book.  Vitamin C: it works, it doesn’t work - it’s a super healer, it’s a maintenance substance…yada, yada, yada.  I’m not a scientist.  I’m certainly not a doctor.  But this much I do know: no medical professional I have ever seen has ever told me not to embrace vitamin C.

Vitamin C rocks – and because it’s a water soluble substance that isn’t manufactured or stored by our bodies, it’s tough to get too much.  It’s certainly possible, but generally speaking, excess vitamin C is simply flushed out of your body in the urine.

I am a HUGE proponent of vitamin C – one of those who firmly buys into its healing reputation - though I don’t take a supplement, I just fuel up on foods that are rich in its tasty goodness.  We all know about citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruits, but today’s tip is a list of other foods that are equally (if not more) potent in vitamin C.  Load up on these babies and enjoy the fantastic benefits:

  • Peppers.  From red chili peppers to bell peppers of all varieties and colors (especially red), a single serving will get ya to where you need to be for the entire day, and beyond.  Everything else is a bonus.
  • Kale.  Kale and other dark leafy greens are fantastic sources of vitamin C.  One cup of kale packs over 100% of your recommended daily value.
  • Broccoli.  It’s a super-food for a reason, and one big one is vitamin C. 
  • Cauliflower.  Yeah, the albino broccoli is comparable to its cruciferous cousin in many categories.  Though it falls short in the vitamin C department, it’s still almost a full 100% of your recommended daily value in a single cup?
  • Tomatoes.  Low in calories, virtually zero fat, and packed with plenty of goodness, including vitamin C.
  • Exotic fruits.  I’m putting the big 3 of mango, guava, and papaya in this category.  Though of varying degrees, these fruits, which are all available at supermarkets these days, carry some serious C.
  • Kiwi.  Kiwi, I suppose, could be tossed into the above category, but I love kiwi, so I gave it its own line.  So delicious.  So good for you.
  • Berries.  Strawberries, especially, but raspberries and blackberries and blueberries are good sources, as well.  Just a cup of chopped strawberries (and it doesn’t take much to get a cup) provides 163% of your recommended daily value.  Solid.

So there you go.  Those are just a few that are right up there with the ol’ orange.  Comment below with your own tip or another great source of vitamin C and you could be a winner:

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