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3 Benefits of Citrus Fruits & Vitamin C You May Not Know

Photography & Article by Joy Jones 4/8/2021

Citrus fruits are commonly associated with Vitamin C. Most people are aware Vitamin C, along with Vitamin D play a vital role in strengthening the immune system.

But, did you know Vitamin C also plays a vital role in helping the body naturally produce collagen?

1. Collagen

Collagen is a key protein in connective tissues including muscle, ligaments and skin. Being collagen supports cell structure it aides skin by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Many over the counter collagens are made using fish bones and fish oil as the base. Plant-based vegan collagen supplements are becoming more readily available, however many of these brands are admittedly more expensive. Simply boosting you daily Vitamin C intake may prove to be a more economical option for beautifying the skin while protecting your immune health.

2. Daily Recommended Dose for Vitamin C

If you're looking to reduce you dependency on supplements for micro nutrients including Vitamin C, you may be wondering how much is enough. The recommended daily intake for Vitamin C is 90 milligrams (mg). That's roughly 3 to 4 tangerines, 1 1 /2 oranges, 2 grapefruits, or 5 limes.

3. Foods High in Vitamin C Not Including Citrus Fruit

Citrus fruits aren't the only foods high in Vitamin C. The following fruits and veggies are also great sources for Vitamin C:

- Cantaloupe

- Papaya

- Pumpkin

- Strawberries

- Berries

- Peppers

- Kiwis

- Kale & Other Dark Leafy Greens

Not a fan of Papaya?

Check out this recipe that removes papaya's sour flavor. (Blackened Papaya Recipe in "SAY WHEN: A Vegan Cookbook and Health Guide by Joy Jones".) Follow on Instagram & Twitter @joysvegan .

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