Nigerian foods rich in vitamin c….sources of vitamin c rich foods in Nigeria…


Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is a water soluble vitamin that is obtained from diet or supplements.

It is necessary for the growth, development and repair of all body tissues. It’s involved in many body functions, including formation of collagen, absorption of iron, the immune system, wound healing, and the maintenance of cartilage, bones, and teeth.


– When free radicals (harmful molecules) accumulates in cells, it leads to a state of oxidative stress which has been linked to many chronic diseases… However, vitamin c acts as an ANTIOXIDANT, and mops up these free radicals, preventing them from harming the cells. Free radicals can build up and contribute to the development of health conditions such as cancer, heart disease, and arthritis.

– Improves iron absorption (reduces risk of anemia)

– Boosts immunity especially in this period of COVID19 pandemic ravaging the world.

– Aids in tissue repair (facilitates wound healing etc)

– Good for your skin and protects the skin against wrinkling

-Vitamin C is good for eye health and excellent vision

– Vitamin C keeps a healthy gum since lack of vitamin c causes scurvy.

-Vitamin c relieves common cold and catarrh

-Vitamin c is very essential supplement for the growth and development of children.

– Foods and supplements rich in vitamin c helps in the regeneration of gut and airway mucosa or lining.

The picture shows some vegetables containing vitamin c more than oranges.

Nigerian foods rich in vitamin C
Sources of Nigerian foods rich in vitamin C

Let’s eat up and stay healthy always.

Except for pineapple, the rest are not that affordable. In Shoprite, a small pack of strawberries sells for like #2,000. A small broccoli is about #2,000. Kale and Kiwi, no go there oh. Bell pepper? Well, less pricey but still high. It is only pineapple you can get under #300. True be told, pineapple should be eaten in moderation as it is quite high in fructose. Natural sugar or not, it is still bad news to the body.

I am surprised there is no mention of tomatoes. Raw tomatoes is good with vitamins C. Same with onions.

Other Nigerian foods or fruits rich in vitamin c are carrots, lemon, grapes, soursop, ugwu leaf, efo, jute leaves (Ewedu), liver, gizzard, kidney, lemon, lime, tangerine, water melon, cucumber, cabbage, walnuts, African pear, agbalumo, mangoes, corn, dates, apples. etc.

Nigerian foods rich in vitamin c
Nigerian rich food and fruit sources of vitamin c

Written by Dr Kelechi Williams with contributions from

Image credit: Fitelo


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