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Lets explore the benefits of eating papaya and other foods that contains vitamin C.
This might be the first time someone’s told you to eat more papaya. Random, yes, but it’s not without merit. Papaya is one of the best sources of vitamin C, and here’s why it matters…
Our bodies don’t make vitamin C on their own, so it’s really important that we get enough in our daily diets. This water-soluble vitamin is most well-known for boosting your immune system, and fighting off cold and flu germs. But that’s just the beginning.
Vitamin C also:
• Fights free radicals: Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect your body from illness and disease.
• Makes you happy: Got the winter blues? Vitamin C is essential for serotonin production—so increasing your intake may help improve your mood.
• Keeps you young: Vitamin C increases collagen production, which promotes youthful, healthy skin.
• Strengthens your hair: Forget about all those expensive hair products! Vitamin C keeps your hair strong and prevents breakage.
Best Sources of Vitamin C
If you live in New York, it might not be easy to find papaya—and that’s okay! There are plenty of local food sources of Vitamin C, such as leafy greens (like kale, Swiss chard, broccoli, and cabbage), citrus fruits, bell peppers, and strawberries.
Easily incorporate these foods to your menus with my round-up of vitamin C-rich recipes:
• C Bomb smoothie from Kris Carr.
• Winter Citrus Salad from Mark Bittman.
• Braised Kale (with garlic!) from Mario Batali.
• Spanish Quinoa Stuffed Peppers from Minimalist Baker.
• Healthy Chocolate Covered Strawberries from Paleo Grubs.
If you can get your hands on papaya, don’t miss this Strawberry Papaya Smoothie from Dr. Axe.
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