Home > Newsletters > Monthly > Eat Well: Banting - the most popular diet Updated 17 September 2013 Vitamin C superheroes I've never been a great fan of oranges. Even though I know it's a super-healthy fruit rich with immune-boosting vitamin C, I really don't like the hard work of peeling it, the running juice and sticky fingers and, once all the work is done, I don’t care much for the taste. 0 I've never been a great fan of oranges. Even though I know it's a super-healthy fruit rich with immune-boosting vitamin C, I really don't like the hard work of peeling it, the running juice and sticky fingers and, once all the work is done, I don’t care much for the taste. Luckily, Nature also provides a fast-food version of vitamin C for lazy people such as me: the naartjie is easy to peel, has nice bite-sized segments, is super-sweet and so mess-free that you can even eat it at your desk.I absolutely love naartjies - and every winter I develop a strong craving for them! Clearly, it’s my body’s way of telling me that I need to stock up on the good stuff to stay healthy. (By the way: isn’t it amazing how Nature presents us with vitamin C-rich foods during winter, when we need it most?)Vitamin C is best known for its ability to increase the body’s resistance to infections like cold and flu. While it may not prevent us from getting ill altogether, studies say that people who take vitamin C tend to recover from colds more quickly as well as have milder symptoms.Vitamin C also aids wound healing, is essential for the production of collagen (a type of protein that connects and supports other bodily tissues such as skin, bone, tendons, muscles and cartilage), enhances iron absorption and fights cataracts by increasing the amount of blood flow to the eye. It is also a powerful antioxidant which helps to protect cells from damage caused by free radicals that could contribute to the development of cardiovascular disease, cancers and other diseases.As the body is not able to make vitamin C on its own and does not store it either, it is very important to include plenty of vitamin C-rich foods in your diet, especially in winter.If you don’t like citrus fruit, you can stock up on guavas, kiwi fruit, blackcurrants, strawberries, papaya, sweet peppers, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower – all these foods are vitamin C superstars. What is your favourite vitamin C-rich food? Mail us and you could be published on Health24. Birgit Ottermann NEXT ON HEALTH24X Here's why you have to clear out your medicine cabinet every year 2019-12-17 04:45 More: MonthlyEat Well: Banting - the most popular diet advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Lifestyle Why does weight gain often come with age? Diet and nutrition WATCH: Intermittent fasting may help you live longer Medical So long 37: Average human body temperature is dropping Medical For kids with asthma, and allergies, new school year can bring flare-ups Fitness How music gives your workout a boost Medical Vaping now tied to rise in stroke risk Live healthier Lifestyle » E-cigarettes: Here are five things to know E-cigarettes have become hugely popular in the past decade, but a rash of vaping-linked deaths and illnesses in the US is feeding caution about a product that's already banned in some places. Allergy » Ditch the itch: Researchers find new drug to fight hives A new drug works by targeting an immune system antibody called immunoglobulin E, which is responsible for the allergic reaction that causes hives.