Vitamin C is one of the most talked about vitamins out there. It’s one of the most essential vitamins when it comes to creating peptide hormones, dopamine, tyrosine, ATP and helping repair damage to the body. It is also essential when it comes to maintaining your blood vessels and cartilage and without vitamin C in your diet you develop scurvy. Vitamin C also helps to maintain your immune system and protect against cardiovascular disease and helps to keep your skin’s elasticity.
Vitamin C is not only essential to maintaining your body and creating hormones, it is also a very powerful antioxidant. It helps to lower your risk of cancer and reduce oxidative stress on the body. In order to get enough vitamin C in your diet there are lots of supplements you can take, but eating Superfoods that are high in vitamin C not only with ensure that you are getting all the benefits of vitamin C but a whole host of other benefits as well.
1. Kakadu Plums
A native fruit of Australia, kakadu plums are marked not only for their exceptional nutritional properties, but for their antiseptic properties as well. It has been effectively used to help treat Alzheimer’s disease as well as an antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial agent. The kakadu plum contains over 50 times the concentration of vitamin C as oranges.
The kakadu Plum can be eaten in a fruit powder form, like the camu camu berry and the baobab fruit. 100grms of kakadu plums contains 2907mg of vitamin C, the most recorded in any food source in the world, 2.4mg of iron, 261mg of potassium, 24mg of phosphorus, 40mg of magnesium, 13mg of sodium, 0.7g zinc, 0.9mg of copper and 62mg of calcium.
Guava is seen by many as being the ultimate Superfood and with good reason. Not only is it a fruit that tastes delicious, it is packed with antioxidants that are great for the skin. It has also been linked to reducing some forms of cancer. They are not only rich in vitamin C, but also folic acid, vitamin A, potassium, copper, manganese and dietary fiber.
In 100grms of Guava there is 2228mg of vitamin C, 12% of your recommended daily vitamin A, 0.73mg of vitamin E, 18mg of calcium, 22mg of magnesium, 40mg of phosphorus, 2mg of sodium, 417mg of potassium, 0.23mg of zinc, 0.23mg of copper, 0.15mg of manganese as well as essential amino and fatty acids (112mg of Omega 3 and 288mg of Omega 6).
3. Camu Camu
Camu Camu is a berry that is found in Peru, Brazil, Ecuador and Columbia and is recognized as one Superfood that is extraordinarily high in vitamin C. Discovered in the 1950s, it is also called the cacari berry. Like baobab fruit, it is also available in a fruit powder form that makes it extremely easy to add to other meals. The camu camu berry has been found to help improve eye sight, act as an antiviral and anti-inflammatory, improve cognitive functions, strength bones and joints, improve muscle tone, enhance the immune system and strengthen connective tissue.
In 100grms of Camu Camu berries there are 1200mg of vitamin C, 0.1mg of vitamin B1, 0.9mg of iron, 1.7mg of vitamin B2, 4.3mg of calcium, 35.1mg of phosphorus, 71mg of potassium and 2200mg of protein.
Acerola is a fruit that is native to Latin American, it is more commonly known as the Acerola Cherry or the West Indian Cherry. Like most of the other Superfoods on this list, the acerola cherry can be consumed in powder form. The advantage to using a powdered form of these Superfoods is that it is easier to consume larger quantities of the Superfoods, especially if they are added to evening meals.
Acerola cherries have been recorded as prevent some forms of cancers as well as improving eye sight.
Per 100grms, the acerola cherry contains 1644mg of vitamin C, 15% of the recommended daily amount of vitamin A, 11.8mg of calcium, 0.2mg of iron, 17.6mg of magnesium, 10.8mg of phosphorus, 143 mg of potassium, 6.9mg of sodium, 0.1mg of zinc and 0.1mg of copper.
5. Baobab Fruit and Baobab Fruit Powder
This particular Superfood is one that has become increasingly popular in recent years. The fruit of the baobab tree has been found to have a huge amount of vitamin C in it, nearly 500mg per 100grms of fruit. Though it is easier to get hold of the baobab fruit powder than it is to find the baobab fruit in supermarkets, this Superfood is packed with a whole host of other nutrients as well. Besides the vitamin C, in 100grms of Baobab fruit there is 295mg of calcium, 1.6mg of copper, 9.3mg of iron, 90mg of magnesium, 1240mg of potassium, 27.9mg of sodim and 1.8mg of zinc. All of these are essential to maintaining a healthy body.
Baobab fruit powder is made from the seeds and pulp of the baobab fruit being ground together. Though the baobab fruit is delicious when eaten raw, baobab fruit powder can be added to a wide range of different recipes or even added to smoothies and drinks adding a unique flavour to each of them.
Baobab fruit is a Superfood that has been linked to cleansing and detoxing, helping with weight loss, improving the condition of skin, reducing the appearance of varicose veins, protecting the liver from damage and lowering the risk of heart disease.
Other Superfoods that have high vitamin C levels include wild rosehips, sea buckthorn berries, broccoli, strawberries, oranges, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, cauliflower, red cabbage, bell peppers, kale, kiwis, Brussels sprouts mangos, pineapples, cantaloupe melons, honeydew melons, cabbage, mange tout, spinach, tomatoes, pomelo, lemons, clementines, grapefruit, peas and papaya.
So which Superfruits are you planning to include in your daily diet now ?
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