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Looking for fruits that are extremely high in vitamin c

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created May 19, 2013 at 3:48 PM

Hello peeps.

I'm currently looking for fruits that are super super high in vitamin c. I've been taking supplemental vitamin c (just plain-old ascorbic acid, 500 mg), but I feel like I'd benefit more if I got it in whole-food form. Also, I don't want to consume large amounts of sugar to get the vitamin c. I found a camu camu powder by Doctor's Best, which would be a good alternative, but I'd still like to get whole foods.

The "heavyweights", kakadu plum and camu camu, are only available in the US as dried powder. Except for the one brand I found, they're usually expensive as ever. Sea-buckthorn is another elusive fruit, being native to Europe and Asia.

Acerola, originally being from South America, is being grown as for north as Texas, but I still can't find this fruit. Rosehips, local here, can't find it.

The only possible fruit that can fit my needs that I can also find is guava, coming in at 9 grams of sugar for 228 mg of vitamin c (for 100 grams of fruit).

What do you think I should do? Look harder? Go for guava? Take the camu camu powder?

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on May 23, 2013
at 09:04 PM

This is a known feature of fructose, have a look at this page http://themedicalbiochemistrypage.org/fructose.php, it's pretty dense stuff but if you read between lines you'll see that while glucose seems to satiate to some extent fructose triggers hunger. I really think fruit has its place in the Paleo diet but I think timing is critical with it. I personally treat fruit like someone in the SAD should treat lets say a chocolate cake, it's a gift that you have to measure well.

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on May 23, 2013
at 08:55 PM

I've got to say you were right with "you're better off not ahving it." I've been consuming more fruit, and my hunger levels have gone through the roof. Screw this, I'm gonna take some whole-food powder instead.

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on May 19, 2013
at 05:58 PM

I have a laundry-list of slow-healing injuries. So, I'm looking towards collagen-synthesis. And I'm worried about excessive sugar b/c of inflammation and the affects on insulin/appetite

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on May 19, 2013
at 05:08 PM

Also what's with the excessive worry over sugar from natural sources?

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on May 19, 2013
at 05:07 PM

Why so much vitamin C? Needs are rather low, as we recycle spent vitamin-C quite efficiently.

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on May 19, 2013
at 04:25 PM

I wouldn't worry a lot about it, the cortisol you generate is not worth it hehe. Seriously, I don't think it's a problem at all if you can't find #1 rich-food on something, there usually are a lot of other good options, with Vitamin C it's plenty. And if it's not available in your area, then maybe it's also better to you not having access to it. Keep in mind seasonality and eating food naturally available in your region, you might be suited to this better from an evolutionary stand-point.

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on May 19, 2013
at 04:01 PM

I am lucky enough to grown them in my parent's garden. Sea buckthorn grows like weed. It's indestructible. People cut down the whole branches because picking berries is a pain.

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on May 19, 2013
at 04:01 PM

Ah, the elusive acerola cherries! But where would I get them!? :(

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on May 19, 2013
at 03:58 PM

Ah, peppers/ If it weren't for my joint issues, I'd be wolfing these down. Where do you find your sea-buckthorn and black currants? I'm pretty sure I can find papaya. And I do have kale and kiwi occasionally, but not for their vitamin-c content.

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on May 19, 2013
at 03:54 PM

1. Red pepper (especially hot) 2. sea buckthorn berry- frozen 3. black current 4. papaya 5. kale 6. kiwi

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8d386bf2c5ba20fcc1a2a0c805b217c9

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on May 19, 2013
at 04:01 PM

Ah, the elusive acerola cherries! But where would I get them!? :(

048dd52752c45129c1212bfffb37ca72

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on May 19, 2013
at 04:25 PM

I wouldn't worry a lot about it, the cortisol you generate is not worth it hehe. Seriously, I don't think it's a problem at all if you can't find #1 rich-food on something, there usually are a lot of other good options, with Vitamin C it's plenty. And if it's not available in your area, then maybe it's also better to you not having access to it. Keep in mind seasonality and eating food naturally available in your region, you might be suited to this better from an evolutionary stand-point.

8d386bf2c5ba20fcc1a2a0c805b217c9

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on May 23, 2013
at 08:55 PM

I've got to say you were right with "you're better off not ahving it." I've been consuming more fruit, and my hunger levels have gone through the roof. Screw this, I'm gonna take some whole-food powder instead.

048dd52752c45129c1212bfffb37ca72

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on May 23, 2013
at 09:04 PM

This is a known feature of fructose, have a look at this page http://themedicalbiochemistrypage.org/fructose.php, it's pretty dense stuff but if you read between lines you'll see that while glucose seems to satiate to some extent fructose triggers hunger. I really think fruit has its place in the Paleo diet but I think timing is critical with it. I personally treat fruit like someone in the SAD should treat lets say a chocolate cake, it's a gift that you have to measure well.

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on May 20, 2013
at 03:29 PM

Dandelion greens are also an option

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on May 20, 2013
at 01:14 PM

For the last month I've been munching spruce leaf buds. Lemony flavor with no sugar. Good right off the trees, or in soup or salad, or as hot or cold tea. I even candied some in molasses. Now they're starting to firm up and are less succulent, so I'll be looking for them again next year. As I understand it they're higher in Vitamin C than citrus.

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