We all know that citrus is high in vitamin C, but did you know that summer fruits like peaches and nectarines are good sources of vitamin C too? One large peach contains 19 percent of the daily recommended dose of vitamin C, while a large nectarine contains 14 percent. Apricots, another popular summertime fruit, also contain vitamin C.
Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that keeps the body functioning normally and helps maintain a healthy immune system.
Vitamin C functions as an antioxidant, which fights free radicals from damaging the body’s cells during oxidation. High consumption of fruits and vegetables for antioxidants has been associated with a lower risk of most types of cancer. Vitamin C is believed to limit the formation of carcinogens, and case studies have found it to reduce the onset of cancers of the lung, breast, colon, rectum, stomach and esophagus.
Fill up on peaches and nectarines to reap the many benefits of vitamin C. Read more about the health benefits of peaches and nectarines on our blog.