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Vine Vera has said before on several occasions that Vitamin C is very beneficial for your health, and—specifically—your skin. Vitamin C is an essential nutrient that we need to survive, but having an abundance of it (as in much higher levels than the bare minimum you need to stay alive) carries with it a wide variety of benefits to the skin. Vitamin C is able to help remove pigmentation from darkened areas (but not from other parts of the skin, meaning your skin tone itself won’t be affected, but discoloration can be evened out) like sunspots and age spots, and can reduce redness.
Vitamin C is also necessary for the synthesis of collagen, a necessary component of maintaining good skin elasticity into old age, which goes a very long way towards preventing and combating wrinkles and sagging.
There are a few different ways to take advantage of Vitamin C’s potent skincare applications. You can use topically applied products like the ones in Vine Vera’s Vitamin C Collection, or you can of course consume vitamin C internally. You can take vitamin C supplements to make sure you have at least a certain amount of Vitamin C you’re getting consistently every single day, but you should also try to rely more on your diet for the majority of your vitamin C intake. As with many other vitamins and minerals, while supplements can be beneficial, it’s even more beneficial to eat food that contains them. On that note, Vine Vera would like to present to you a few particularly Vitamin C rich foods for your consideration.
Citrus fruits, like oranges, grapefruits, tangerines, lemons, and limes (and the juices made from them) have a very high vitamin C content and a decent amount of dietary fiber to boot. An average orange has about 68 mg of vitamin C.
This one took us by surprise, but it turns out that chili peppers are a shockingly plentiful source of vitamin C. So if you like spicy food, you’re in luck! Try buying fresh raw chili peppers by the bunch and using them in your cooking to heat things up and pile on the vitamin C. Not only that, but capsaicin, the molecule that makes peppers spicy, can aid with joint and muscle pain. One half-cup of diced chili peppers has around 108 mg of vitamin C.
But what if you like the not-so-spicy kinds of peppers better? Well, you’re still in luck, because it turns out bell peppers are jam-packed with the essential nutrient in question here. All bell peppers contain vitamin C, but the most plentiful are the red ones; a half-cup of those all chopped up has just about 190 mg, which is over three times that of an orange. Bell peppers also contain a healthy portion of vitamin A, great for eye health.
You’ve probably heard of how awesome kale is because of its absurdly high fiber content and other benefits, but it also happens to be a fantastic provider of vitamin C. A half-cup of kale has about 40 mg of vitamin C. While not as much as some of the powerhouses on this list, remember that kale also contains a healthy dose of almost every other vitamin you need, so it’s generally a good choice all around.