Vitamin C

Learn about vitamin C and how to get enough.

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About vitamin C

Vitamin C is important for your health. It plays many roles in the body. For example, it:

  • helps heal wounds
  • acts as an antioxidant
  • helps the body absorb iron

Getting enough vitamin C

Vegetables and fruits are the best sources of vitamin C. Canada's food guide recommends eating plenty of vegetables and fruits.

Vegetables that can help you get enough vitamin C include:

  • broccoli
  • snow peas
  • red cabbage
  • sweet peppers
  • Brussels sprouts
  • leafy greens like:
    • kale
    • arugula
    • kholrabi
    • turnip greens
    • mustard greens

Fruits that can help you get enough vitamin C include:

  • kiwi
  • lychee
  • mango
  • papaya
  • peaches
  • strawberries
  • citrus fruit such as:
    • orange
    • grapefruit

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