Your body needs vitamin C for growth and repair. It serves as a powerful antioxidant to help boost your immune system and ward off illness. Unfortunately, unlike most mammals, humans cannot create vitamin C and must rely on diet and supplementation to ensure proper levels. You know fruits and vegetables (especially citrus) are full of vitamin C, but here are four surprising foods with vitamin C you might not have known about.
- Potatoes – A medium sized potato offers 17 mg of vitamin C. Usually thought of as a starch, potatoes can be a quick and easy way to sneak some C into your meals.
- Broccoli and Brussels Sprouts – Broccoli is loaded with vitamin C – a whopping 51mg in half a cup! Brussels sprouts may be less popular, but there is no denying their high vitamin C content at 51 mg in a full cup.
- Strawberries – The perfect summer fruit is chocker block full of vitamin C. Just one cup of whole berries contains 85 mg! Throw them in fruit salads, eat them whole or toss a few on some ice cream for a sweet treat.
- Cranberries – Just one cup of cranberry juice contains 23 mg of vitamin C. Cranberry has been used for centuries to treat urinary tract infections. Eating cranberries can also help prevent future infections.