Chances are you’ve heard of vitamin C before but have you ever wondered what exactly is it and what it’s good for?
Vitamin C is necessary to help with the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of the body. It’s also an antioxidant that contributes to healthy immunity – and we could all use extra immune support this season!
Additionally, vitamin C is used to1:
- Form an important protein used to make skin, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels.
- Heal wounds and form scar tissue.
- Repair and maintain cartilage, bones, and teeth.
- Aid in the absorption of iron.
Now comes the ultimate question: “How can I get vitamin C?” Turn to your favorite fruit. Two cups of fresh watermelon provide 25% of the daily value, making it an excellent source of vitamin C. Score! 🙌
In addition to eating 2 cups of fresh watermelon, Chrissy Carroll MPH, RD, LDN, ACSM-cPT recommends “mix[ing] other good sources into your diet too – like citrus fruits, strawberries, bell peppers, and white potatoes – you’ll be on your way to meeting your daily target.” 🎯
Eager to boost your vitamin C? Grab two cups of diced watermelon and head to the kitchen to whip up one of these easy and delish recipes.
Watermelon Sports Drink
Watermelon Greek Salad
Watermelon Ancient Grain Salad