We are at the height of the season of getting sick. You may have noticed many people around you coughing and blowing their nose. You may be thinking, “There must be something I can do with my diet to fight back.” Luckily there is a powerful vitamin in your food helpful in preventing sickness.

 Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin found in many foods and is a great way to boost the immune system. It also has many other benefits to our health such as; promotes healing of all of our cells, performs as an antioxidant, aids in dealing with stress, synthesizes collagen, promotes growth of healthy tissue, bones and teeth, helps to destroy harmful bacteria and viruses, lowers risk of cataract progression, promotes iron absorption, helps to removes heavy metals and supports good bacteria in our gut.

The best way to get vitamin C in your diet is through whole food products.

Foods sources of vitamin C include sweet yellow peppers, thyme, kale, kiwifruit, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, papayas, strawberries and, of course, oranges.  As you can see from this list, vitamin C does not only come from oranges or citrus fruits. Many of our green foods contain high levels of vitamin C. If it isn’t possible to eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, a vitamin C supplement could be helpful. Consult your doctor before taking any supplements.

In short, vitamin C benefits our health from promoting healthy teeth to boosting your immune system. It is a water-soluble vitamin, meaning we need take in vitamin C every day. Eating some green vegetables and/or citrus fruits will easily meet our daily needs. A diet rich in vitamin C is essential for fighting off disease and promoting good health.