Vitamin C is one of the best known vitamins for being able to fend off colds. It is needed for a healthy immune system, wound healing, bleeding gums, healthy skin and the absorption of iron.
It is also one of the building blocks for collagen, the support structure for your skin. Failing to get enough vitamin C can cause inflammation of the gums, scaly skin, nosebleed, painful joints, and other problems associated with scurvy. As vitamin C helps with the absorption of iron, it is important you include some vitamin C rich foods in your diet while increasing foods containing iron. As vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, studies have shown it can reduce your risk of cancers that strike the mouth or digestive tract.
Vitamin C can be found in the following foods:
- Fruits – oranges, lemons, grapefruit, limes, kiwis, strawberries, & melons
- Vegetables – broccoli, carrots, sweet potato, peppers, tomatoes & dark green veg
Recipes containing vitamin C:
- Honey & Lemon Soother
- Sweet Potato & Red Lentil Soup
- Berry and Chia Smoothie
- Chicken & Ginger Stir Fry