Top 10 Foods Highest in Vitamin C

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Top 10 Foods Highest in Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an essential nutrient required for the maintenance of many body tissues, including skin, blood vessels, bones, and cartilage. Vitamin C is also essential for wound healing. (1,2)

Vitamin C helps protect cells against oxidative stress, which in turn provides protection against certain diseases, including cancer. (1,3)

Vitamin C, like zinc and vitamin A, also helps support your immune system. (4,5,6)

High vitamin C foods include guavas, bell peppers, kiwifruit, strawberries, oranges, papayas, broccoli, tomatoes, kale, and snow peas. The current daily value (DV) for vitamin C is 90mg. (7)

Below is a list of high vitamin C foods ranked by a common serving size. Use the nutrient ranking of over 200 foods high in vitamin C to see the foods highest in vitamin C by nutrient density (per gram), or see rankings of fruits high in vitamin C, and vegetables high in vitamin C.

High Vitamin C Foods

Half a guava1 Guavas
Vitamin C
per Cup
Vitamin C
per 100g
Vitamin C
per 200 Calories
(419% DV)
(254% DV)
(746% DV)
Slices of kiwifruit2 Kiwifruit
Vitamin C
per Cup
Vitamin C
per 100g
Vitamin C
per 200 Calories
(185% DV)
(103% DV)
(338% DV)
Bell peppers3 Bell Peppers
Vitamin C
per Cup
Vitamin C
per 100g
Vitamin C
per 200 Calories
(169% DV)
(142% DV)
(1091% DV)

Red bell peppers provide around 50% more vitamin C than green bell peppers. View the complete comparison of green vs red bell peppers.

Strawberries4 Strawberries
Vitamin C
per Cup
Vitamin C
per 100g
Vitamin C
per 200 Calories
(108% DV)
(65% DV)
(408% DV)

More Berries High in Vitamin C

  • 36% DV in 1 cup of raspberries
  • 34% DV in 1 cup of blackberries
  • 16% DV in 1 cup of blueberries

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Slices of orange5 Oranges
Vitamin C
per Cup
Vitamin C
per 100g
Vitamin C
per 200 Calories
(106% DV)
(59% DV)
(252% DV)

More Citrus Fruit High in Vitamin C

  • 413% DV in 1 pomelo
  • 98% DV in 1 grapefruit
  • 40% DV in 1 clementine
  • 34% DV in 1 lemon
Papayas6 Papaya
Vitamin C
per Cup
Vitamin C
per 100g
Vitamin C
per 200 Calories
(98% DV)
(68% DV)
(315% DV)

More Tropical Fruits High in Vitamin C

  • 88% DV in 1 cup of pineapple
  • 72% DV in 1 cup of cantaloupe melon
  • 67% DV in 1 cup of sliced mango
  • 34% DV in 1 cup of honeydew melon

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Broccoli7 Broccoli
Vitamin C
per Cup
Vitamin C
per 100g
Vitamin C
per 200 Calories
(90% DV)
(99% DV)
(583% DV)

More Brassica Vegetables High in Vitamin C

  • 107% DV in 1 cup of brussels sprouts
  • 61% DV in 1 cup of cauliflower
  • 63% DV in 1 cup of cabbage

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Tomatoes8 Tomato
Vitamin C
per Cup Cooked
Vitamin C
per 100g
Vitamin C
per 200 Calories
(61% DV)
(25% DV)
(281% DV)
Green peas9 Snow Peas
Vitamin C
per Cup
Vitamin C
per 100g
Vitamin C
per 200 Calories
(42% DV)
(67% DV)
(317% DV)
Kale leaves10 Kale
Vitamin C
per Cup Cooked
Vitamin C
per 100g
Vitamin C
per 200 Calories
(26% DV)
(20% DV)
(110% DV)

More Green Leafy Vegetables High in Vitamin C

  • 44% DV in 1 cup of turnip greens
  • 35% DV in 1 cup of Swiss chard
  • 20% DV in 1 cup of spinach

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Vitamin C Foods by Nutrient Density (Vitamin C per Gram)

FoodServingVitamin C
1 Acerola Cherry100 grams1864% DV
2 Dried Herbs (Coriander)100 grams630% DV
3 Rose Hips100 grams473% DV
4 Guavas100 grams254% DV
5 Sweet Yellow Peppers100 grams204% DV
6 Black Currants100 grams201% DV
7 Thyme100 grams178% DV
8 Red Chilies100 grams160% DV
9 Scotch Kale100 grams144% DV
10 Kiwifruit100 grams103% DV

Other Vitamin C Rich Foods

FoodServingVitamin C
1 Litchis (Lychees)per cup151% DV
2 Green Chillies1 pepper121% DV
3 Kohlrabi1 cup93% DV
4 Parsleyper cup89% DV
5 Orange Juiceper 8oz cup80% DV
6 Bitter Melonper cup45% DV
7 Starfruit (Carambola)per cup41% DV
8 Garden Cress1 cup38% DV
9 Jalapeno Peppers1 pepper18% DV
10 Saffron1 tbsp2% DV

Vitamin C Requirements By Age and Gender

The recommended daily allowance (RDA) for Vitamin C ranges from 15mg to 120mg per day. The daily value for vitamin C is 90mg per day. (7)

Life StageRDA
0-6 months old40mg
7-12 months old50mg
1-3 years old15mg
4-8 years old25mg
9-13 years old45mg
14-18 years old75mg
19-50 years old90mg
50+ years old90mg
9-13 years old45mg
14-18 years old65mg
19-50 years old75mg
50+ years old75mg
14-18 years old80mg
18+ years old85mg
14-18 years old115mg
18+ years old120mg
*The amounts for children less than 12 months old is the adequate intake (AI) not RDA.
Source: Dietary Reference Intakes for Vitamin C.

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  • Daily Value (%DV) - The daily value (%DV) is a general guideline for consumption that will prevent deficiency of a particular nutrient in most people. The %DV refers to the percentage of an amount that's found in a single serving of a food. It also accounts for absorption factors. It is set by the U.S. FDA.
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  • Reference Dietary Intake (%RDI) -The reference dietary intake is similar to the recommended daily allowance, but is specific to age and gender. The RDI for amino acids is set by the U.N. World Health Organization.
  • Adequate Intake (%AI) - This value is primarily used in reference to omega-3 and omega-6 fats. The Adequate Intake is set by the U.S. Institute of Medicine. Because there is less evidence to determine the ideal targets for consumption of these nutrients, the specific amount is considered to be less reliable. Using the term Adequate Intake, rather than one of the other terms, helps to emphasize that the ideal intake of that particular nutrient has not yet been scientifically determined.

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Data Sources and References

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