What are the Best Vitamin C Juices?
Vitamin C juices are a tasty and nutritious way of accessing this vital nutrient. While most people only think of orange juice and other fruit juices when considering beverages with high vitamin C content, some vegetable juices should also be included in good sources of vitamin C. Some of the best juices for this nutrient include green juices, such as those made with cabbage and broccoli, as well as kiwi juice, grapefruit juice and juices made with lemon.
Regularly consuming foods and beverages with vitamin C helps in avoiding an ascorbic acid deficiency. A few of the many symptoms of vitamin C deficiency include dry skin, lowered immunity against disease and infection, nosebleeds, and bleeding, inflamed gums. Individuals who smoke cigarettes and those who do not eat a healthy diet high in vitamins, including vitamin C, are at risk for developing a deficiency and may benefit from vitamin C juices. While serious vitamin C deficiencies are rare in most parts of the world, mild deficiencies are not.
Available at local grocery stores and health food stores, and very easy to make at home, juices high in vitamin C help keep optimal levels in the body. Some of the best juices for doing so are vegetable juices, which also offer other vitamins and minerals, such as beta-carotene and vitamin E. Vegetable vitamin C juices and smoothies can be made at home by blending any combination of fresh green peppers, broccoli, cabbage, leafy green vegetables and Brussels sprouts together.
Besides orange juice, other vitamin C juices include those made with strawberries, mangoes, pineapple and cranberries. All have high vitamin C content and are easily found in food stores or may be blended at home. Juices made with fresh lemons are also among the best sources of vitamin C.
Not only do vitamin C juices help individuals avoid a mild or severe deficiency, but they also are useful in guarding against cancer and heart disease and can greatly assist with healthy aging. The antioxidant properties inherent in vitamin C help guard against cell oxidation while keeping the immune system strong and healthy at the same time. The best juices are the ones with the highest vitamin content with a palatable taste that individuals at risk for deficiency or disease are likely to drink on a daily basis. Most find orange juice to be a front runner in this category, but by experimenting with different juice varieties and blends, a personal favorite is easy to find.
I have recently done a project in school studying three juices: white grape, apple and pineapple. In our test, apple juice had the least amount of Vitamin C, at almost none, and pineapple had the most at around .65 mg/ml of vitamin C. Does anyone have any explanations why?
@turkay1-- I'm not sure about how long fresh vitamin C in juices last for, but fresh fruit juice is definitely much healthier than store-bought ones. I always make my orange and apple juices at home. The only one I don't make is grape juice which is really hard to deal with. That I do buy from the store.
I think the other thing to consider is how much sugar and carbohydrates are in the juices. Every fruit has different levels of sugars, so I think fruits with high vitamin C levels and lower sugars are the best option. Oranges and apples are pretty good. Another thing is that when you have fruit juice versus the actual fruit, you're not getting the fiber that's in the pulp. This can be an issue for people with diabetes because it raises blood sugar too quickly. So, a good option would be to include pulp in the fruit juices too.
I actually like grape juice more than orange juice though because you only need a cup of grape juice for your daily requirement for vitamin C, whereas you need about 8 cups of orange juice for the same.
One of the best vitamin C fruit juices is surprisingly prune juice! I read today that prune juice has 75% of the needed daily amount of vitamin C!
I'm not really a fan of the flavor of prune juice. I tried drinking it once when I had constipation and it wasn't the best taste. I'm sure I could add some to my fruit juice though for some extra vitamin C. I don't think I would taste it much in a fruit juice smoothie with bananas, strawberries and orange juice.
My mom actually has prune juice regularly. She doesn't mind the flavor but hates the consistency so she always adds water to thin it out. That might be an option too.
How long does vitamin C last in fresh fruit juices?
I'm curious about this because I've noticed that many of the bottled fruit juices at the grocery store say "added vitamin C" on the labels. I don't understand why a fruit juice would need to be added vitamin C unless the vitamin C that exists in it naturally will lose its effectiveness over time.
Does this mean that it's better to make vitamin C juices at home from fresh fruits, rather than buying the bottled ones at the store?
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