There’s a reason we all immediately think of vitamin C when considering ways to boost our immune health. “Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that acts as an antioxidant stabilizing free radicals, thus helping to prevent cellular damage,” explains Cara Harbstreet, MS, RD, LD, founder of Street Smart Nutrition. “Vitamin C has been shown to help support and bolster the body’s immune system. It also boosts your body’s ability to produce collagen, which is a major component of muscle tissue. Collagen supports iron absorption, while also helping to heal wounds and even keeping your gums healthy.”
As children, many of our parents or caregivers immediately reached for citrus fruits or juice when considering vitamin C-rich foods, and they were right to do so (oranges, for instance, are a great source of vitamin C). That being said, our knowledge about the benefits of vitamin C, as well as the foods it’s found in, has greatly expanded in recent years.
Excerpted from Real Simple