If you chug a glass of orange juice every time you start sniffling, you may be onto something. Though studies show that consuming vitamin C can’t actually prevent colds, loading up on the nutrient may help slightly shorten the length of time you’re sick and reduce the severity of your symptoms.
But despite their reputation for being loaded with vitamin C, the 69.7 mg that a medium orange provides is actually less than many other common fruits and veggies. To pack the ultimate vitamin C punch, fill up on these 10 superfoods.
#1: Chilli Peppers
A half-cup of chopped or diced chili peppers delivers 107.8 mg of vitamin C. Plus, researchers from the University of Buffalo found that capsaicin, the compound that makes chili peppers hot, may help relieve joint and muscle pain.
#2: Red or Green Bell Peppers
A cup of chopped red or green bell peppers contains nearly three times more vitamin C than an orange – 120-190 mg. Red peppers are also a great source of vitamin A, which promotes eye health. Green peppers are a great source of fibre.