VITAMIN C – SOURCES IN AYURVEDA
- BELL PEPPER – Peppers are the highest sources of Vitamin C for vegetarians. It is highly nutritious, numerous health benefits, and is also a definite taste enhancer in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. They have a lot of pro-heart benefits and known to prevent cataracts, blood clot formation in the veins, which reduces the risk of heart strokes and diseases. Don’t overcook the vegetables as many essential nutrients might get destroyed.
- GUAVA – Guava popular in Indian and rich in Vitamin C, containing as much as 250 mg of Vitamin C. They are rich in other essential nutrients like dietary fiber, folic acid, potassium, and manganese. Guavas are very versatile fruits and can be used in desserts, fruit salad, green salads, juices, jellies, and cocktails.
- CITRUS FRUITS – Citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruits, lemons, and limes all are good sources of Vitamin C. One medium-sized orange contains 70 mg Vitamin C. Orange juice is also a great diet fruit juice contains just 45% calories and 93 mg of Vitamin C. Grapefruit juice contains 70 mg of Vitamin C. Lemons are used in many detox water recipes to flush out toxins from the body and it IS advisable to take them early in the morning with ginger and water. All these fruits can be used in cocktails, desserts, and parfaits.
- KIWI – This small, bright green and fuzzy fruit with lots of Vitamin C than an orange. It is considered a Vitamin C powerhouse. About two medium-sized kiwi fruits contain as much as 137 mg of vitamin C. They are also rich in flavonoids and copper. They have so much potassium as bananas and are ideal nutrition fruits for kids, especially during the cold season, as it strengthens respiratory tracts. Kiwis also are used in desserts, fruit juices, cocktails salad dressings, and fruit salads, etc.
- BROCCOLI – Broccoli is the healthiest to eat. People consumed it raw or cooked, it is rich in vitamin C, a lot of fiber, and calories. It also detoxifies your blood and flushes out harmful toxins. It is incredibly versatile and can be used in salads, pizzas, pasta, or simple stir fry or curry recipes. Broccoli adds to a bowl of roasted veggies to enhance their nutrition profile.
- STRAWBERRIES – Strawberries are the most flavorful and the tastiest berries. They are rich in antioxidants, which are good for the heart and also essential for healthy skin. Just 100 gm serving of raw strawberries can meet half of the daily intake requirement. They are extremely rich in fiber which is important for good digestive health and makes you feel full for longer.
- LEAFY GREENS – Leafy green vegetables like spinach are rich in Vitamin C, and also the richest sources of plant nutrients. 100 gm serving of spinach packs as much as 120 mg of Vitamin C, which is enough for a day. Include some leafy greens in your meals every day, to fulfill your daily Vitamin C requirement. follow the red, green, yellow rule, which pretty much includes all Vitamin C rich foods, including bell peppers (red and green), green leafy veggies, and colored fruits like lemon and lime.
- AAMLA – Aamla is the best magic fruit used by Indian Ayurveda experts and herbologists. It is a highly nutritional food, which is the richest source of Vitamin C in nature. The fruit is consumed in a sweet pickled form, or made into a candy and then eaten. Aamla juices, which are supposed to have immune-boosting properties, and protect the body against seasonal or other diseases.
- CAULIFLOWER – Cauliflower is a highly nutritious vegetable and it is rich in fiber and Vitamin C. One cup of cauliflower contains 45 mg of Vitamin. The vegetables are widely consumed in India and it is also a rich source of Vitamin K and folate.
- Tomato – Tomato rich in Vitamin C, one cup 100 gm of raw tomatoes containing almost 100 mg of Vitamin C. Tomatoes are good for the skin and have anti-inflammation properties and have a cooling effect on the skin.
- PAPAYA – Papaya contains 62mg of vitamin C PER 100 GM. Papaya can give you enough of the vitamin for the entire day. Its many other benefits help to increase platelet counts.
Vaidya Jagjit Singh is an Ayurvedic Physician in Chandigarh and has an experience of 30 years in this field. He is founder of Chandigarh Ayurved Centre. Chandigarh Ayurvedic Centre provides best ayurvedic treatment &panchakarma therapies centre in Chandigarh. Chandigarh Ayurvedic Centre is a leading Multi specialityAyurvedic Clinic of North India.