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Plant Sources of Vitamin C

Vitamin C or L-ascorbic acid is an essential nutrient for humans, in which it functions as a vitamin. Simply Ascorbate (the anion of ascorbic acid) is required for a range of essential metabolic reactions in all animals and plants.

Vitamin C is important for growth and repair of bones, teeth, skin. It helps the body maintain healthy tissues and a strong immune system, and it aids in the absorption of iron. If you smoke you need an extra 35 milligrams (mg) of vitamin C per day. Deficiency in this vitamin causes the disease scurvy in humans. Any extra amount of vitamin C is lost through the urine.

Plants are a good source of vitamin C. Vitamin C is water-soluble which means that the body is unable to store it. Therefore, vitamin C must be taken on a daily basis. There are many different types of vegetables and fruits that contain a lot of vitamin C, but be careful how you prepare them as vitamin C can be lost in the liquids in which they are cooked.

Name of the Plant Sources of Vitamin C

Kakadu plum

Camu Camu

Acerola

Seabuckthorn

Mica Muro

Gooseberry

Rose hip

Baobab

Chili pepper (green)

Guava (common, raw)

Blackcurrant

Chili pepper (red)

Parsley

Kiwifruit

Broccoli

Loganberry

Redcurrant

Brussels sprouts

Wolfberry (Goji)

Lychee

Cloudberry

Elderberry

Papaya

Strawberry

Orange

Kale

Lemon

Cantaloupe Melon

Cauliflower

Garlic

Grapefruit

Raspberry

Tangerine

Mandarin orange

Cherry

Peach

Apple

Asparagus

Beetroot

Chokecherry

Pear

Lettuce

Cucumber

Eggplant

Raisin

Fig

Bilberry

Medlar

Passion fruit

Spinach

Cabbage raw green

Lime

Mango

Blackberry

Potato

Honeydew Melon

Red Tomato

Cranberry

Blueberry

Pineapple

Pawpaw

Apricot

Plum

Watermelon

Banana

Carrot

Avocado

Crabapple

Onion