The Two Best Superfood Sources of Vitamin C
We already know that superfoods are known for their abundance of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, but there are certain superfoods that we love for their high levels of one vitamin in particular - Vitamin C.
Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, helps with the formation and support of connective tissue in the bones, blood vessels, and skin. This vitamin also acts as an antioxidant by eliminating free radicals in the body. In fact, its radical-fighting components are strong enough to actually help protect against many cancers. In addition, studies have shown that Vitamin C helps reduce the effects of a protein called endothelin-1 in a manner that has benefits on the heart comparable to walking; endothelin-1 constricts blood vessels, and Vitamin C works to reverse this pattern, decreasing the risk of heart disease.
When an individual has low levels of Vitamin C, they may experience fatigue and weakness, and issues associated with connective tissue defects including gingivitis and internal bleeding. Severe deficiency is uncommon, but results in a condition called scurvy. While supplements are beneficial for increased levels of Vitamin C, the best way to get a boost of this powerful antioxidant is through - you guessed it - superfoods!
There are two superfoods that we just can’t get enough of due to their levels of Vitamin C. First, Acerola Powder is derived from the acerola cherry, which - wait for it! - has 65 times the Vitamin C of an orange. In fact, acerola powder may just be the best natural source of Vitamin C on the planet. Plus, this powder packs a punch of nutrients like protein, iron, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus. Acerola powder is also high in folic acid, which is extremely important for pregnant women. Even better - this powder makes a tasty addition to smoothies and raw desserts. Try a little sprinkled over oatmeal or yogurt for a super boost to start your day, or mix into your pancake batter for a healthy weekend brunch!
In addition, one serving of Camu Camu Powder gives you a boost of Vitamin C equivalent to more than 30 oranges! The camu camu bush produces a cherry-like fruit that is handpicked and harvested, and then gently dried at low temperatures using methods that protect the vital nutrients of the fruit. In fact, studies have shown camu camu powder to be a better alternative to synthetic Vitamin C because its food form is more easily digested and utilized by the body. This miracle fruit is 13% pure Vitamin C and offers strong support for healthy eyes, gums, and skin. The tart taste of camu camu powder makes a unique and flavorful addition to raw desserts, as it blends well with other sweeteners. Try making a traditional “punch” by mixing a teaspoon of our camu camu powder with water and a little Coconut Palm Sugar.
Vitamin C - just like any antioxidant - is too beneficial for our bodies for us to not get enough. Incorporating acerola and camu camu powder into your diet is a great way for you to ditch the supplements and get your Vitamin C in the most delicious way possible!