You can’t cure a cold with vitamin C
The season of sniffles, sore throats and sneezes is upon us, but loading up on vitamin C may not be the solution you’ve been looking for. There’s some research to suggest that those who intake the recommended amount of vitamin C are under the weather for fewer days than those who don’t, but for the most part it doesn’t prevent you catching one of the 200 variations of the ‘common cold’.
While it plays a starring role in your immune system, it’s best to maintain your vitamin C levels year round, not just when the clocks go back.
Peppers are the breadwinners when it comes to vit C
Usually people think of a glass of orange juice as a solution to their vitamin C problems, but the best nutritional sources of it are from red and yellow peppers. One cup of raw pepper delivers around 250-300mg of vitamin C, about 100mg more than a cup of orange juice.
Other sources include; oranges, broccoli, kiwi, kale, strawberries, papaya, pineapple, grapefruit and Brussel sprouts.
Vitamin C deficiencies are rare
The human body can’t produce vitamin C, so we need to obtain it from food sources. The recommended daily intake is 75mg for adult females and 90mg for adult males.
A medium sized orange provides roughly 70mg, so you’re probably not at risk of a slump in vitamin C levels, but that’s not an excuse to avoid sprouts on this year’s Christmas dinner.
FUN FACT: We aren’t the only mammals who can’t make vitamin C in their bodies; others include primates, guinea pigs, and fruit bats! Apparently, during evolution, we lost one of the vital enzymes needed to create it, so we have to get it from our diet.