It’s time for another Austin Sports Medicine 101 class!
Today is the fifth and final blog in our series of five foods that will give your immunity a boost. If you’ve been paying attention, you’ve probably been wondering – what about Vitamin C?
Research shows that Vitamin C can reduce the length of a cold as well as the severity of symptoms. Vitamin C plays an important role in maintaining the skin, which is your first line of defense against invading microbes. Vitamin C may also increase your white blood cells, which are in charge of protecting your body against infection.
A personal favorite source of Vitamin C is red bell peppers. They are Vitamin C monsters! They have twice amount as most fruits and vegetables that we associate with Vitamin C – yes, even oranges! Half of a cup of red bell pepper contains 1 ½ times your recommended daily intake!
So remember, your first defense against sickness is keeping your immune system in shape. Oranges are great. But if you’re looking for a Vitamin C boost, red bell peppers are the way to go!