We all get sick at some point in our lives. Whether it is the common cold or a more serious virus, we all need to make sure that we are staying happy and healthy as possible. It is important to remember that proper diet and exercise can help maintain a healthy immune system and thought to help alleviate some symptoms while sick. There are many beneficial properties in fruits and vegetables but one vitamin tends to stand out when it comes to immune health and that one is Vitamin C.
Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, may not cure the common cold but it sure won’t hurt to increase your intake. A recent study published in Seminars in Preventive and Alternative Medicine that looked at over 100 studies over 10 years revealed a growing list of benefits of vitamin C. “Vitamin C has received a great deal of attention, and with good reason. Higher blood levels of vitamin C may be the ideal nutrition marker for overall health,” says study researcher Mark Moyad, MD, MPH, of the University of Michigan.
Now you may be wondering what foods contain Vitamin C? There are the obvious foods that include oranges, lemons, limes, and other citrus fruits but there are plenty of other fruits and vegetables that contain this beneficial vitamin. Other foods that contain high amounts of vitamin C are: kale, parsley, kiwi, pineapple, strawberries, brussel sprouts, and even broccoli. The recommended daily allowance (RDA) of vitamin C is 75-90mg per day and just 1/2 cup of yellow bell pepper contains 137mg of Vitamin C!!
Below is a recipe that incorporates not one but two foods that are high in vitamin C that the whole family can enjoy!
Beef Pops with Pineapple and Parsley Sauce (recipe courtesy from Giada De Laurentiis)