Sniffling, sneezing, coughing, hacking… the sounds of cold and flu season are upon us. If you are one of those people that start chugging O.J. as soon as you hear these familiar sounds, then you are already ahead of the cold and flu fighting game. While vitamin C cannot prevent a cold, it can shorten the length of time you battle a cold or lessen the severity of your cold.
While people typically turn to oranges and their juice to get their daily dose of vitamin C, the 69.7 mg of vitamin C in a medium size orange is actually less than many other common fruits and veggies.
If you are looking for an alternative to get your daily dose of vitamin C and help curb the symptoms of the cold and flu season, check out these other options.
Chili peppers – Just a half cup of chopped chili peppers or diced chili peppers have 107.8 mg of vitamin C. Plus capsaicin, the compound that makes chili peppers hot can also help to relieve joint and muscle pain.
Red bell peppers – At 190 mg, a cup of chopped red peppers contains nearly three times more vitamin C than an orange. They are also a great source of vitamin A, promoting healthy eyes.
Green bell peppers – Even though it isn’t as power packed as its red sister, a cup of chopped green peppers contains 120 mg of vitamin C. It’s also a great source of fiber.
Kale – A one cup serving of kale provides 80.4 mg of vitamin C, along with twice your recommended daily allowance of vitamin A and seven times the recommended amount of vitamin K. Kale also provides numerous minerals and fatty acids.
Broccoli – In just one serving, broccoli provides 132 mg of vitamin C, filling fiber and only 30 calories. Studies have shown that broccoli also has cancer-preventing properties.
Strawberries – One cup of this super fruit provides 84.7 mg of vitamin C, plus folate and other compounds that promote heart health. Strawberries also help to whiten your teeth naturally.
Cauliflower – Cauliflower gives you 127.7 mg of vitamin C, plus 5 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein.
Pineapple – Along with 78.0 mg of vitamin C, pineapple also contains bromelain, a digestive enzyme that breaks down food and helps to reduce bloating.