|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Servings: 20 ounces (1 serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 3g||4%|
|Saturated Fat 1g||3%|
|Total Carbohydrate 61g||22%|
|Dietary Fiber 20g||70%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
What's So Special About Vitamin C
Vitamin C is an incredibly powerful antioxidant that scavenges free radicals and diminishes oxidative stress—key factors in the prevention of illness and in delaying the aging process.
Vitamin C also strengthens our immune system by fighting everyday stress. Those who are sensitive to stress, such as smokers, the obese and those with chronic illnesses and disease are especially low in vitamin C and need more than the recommended daily amount to reduce the impact these issues have on their bodies.
In a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association those who consumed higher amounts of vitamin C were less likely to suffer strokes.
Vitamin C also reduces such complications as pneumonia and other infections of the lungs. While it may not fight the common cold, it has been demonstrated to reduce the symptoms and shorten the duration of many other illnesses and infections.
A very important effect of elevated vitamin C in the blood system is its impact on aging. Vitamin C is responsible for healthy collagen and tissue both within and outside our bodies. Vitamin C may also play a role in lowering hypertension and thus supporting a healthy cardiovascular system.
In addition, vitamin C helps dilate blood vessels, thereby assisting in moving blood through the body efficiently and reducing the risk of such complications as high cholesterol, angina pectoris, atherosclerosis, and heart failure. Vitamin C also helps reduce the risk of cataracts by increasing the flow of blood to the eyes.
Fruits and Vegetables Highest in Vitamin C
Surprisingly, citrus fruits, while high in vitamin C, are not the first produce that hit the top of the list of fruits and veggies with the greatest amounts of vitamin C!
Think papaya! It provides a wealth of vitamin C and many other vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. Also high on the list is spinach, as well as cantaloupe, kiwi, Brussels sprouts, kale, cauliflower, and grapefruit. Consider, too, apples, bell peppers, parsnips, broccoli, strawberries, blueberries, rutabaga, and sweet potatoes!
- 1 bell pepper (yellow)
- 1 handful of turnip greens
- 1 pint strawberries (fresh)
- 1 guava (fresh)
Gather the ingredients.
Rinse all these foods before using them.
Cut to the size recommended for your juice machine.
Juice and drink this delicious concoction immediately for the best nutritional benefits!
Chen GC, Lu DB, Pang Z, Liu QF. Vitamin C intake, circulating vitamin C and risk of stroke: a meta-analysis of prospective studies. J Am Heart Assoc. 2013;2(6):e000329. doi:10.1161/JAHA.113.000329
Juraschek SP, Guallar E, Appel LJ, Miller ER. Effects of vitamin C supplementation on blood pressure: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Am J Clin Nutr. 2012;95(5):1079-88. doi:10.3945/ajcn.111.027995
American Optometric Association. Vitamin C.