Foods High in Vitamin C – Other Than Citrus

You may have heard that vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants are substances that protect your cells against the effects of free radicals — molecules produced when your body breaks down food or is exposed to tobacco smoke and radiation. Because vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant it works hard to protect your body and, specifically, your gums, from free radicals.

If you suffer from bleeding gums, and your doctor has ruled out poor hygiene as the cause, you may want to seek out foods that are high in vitamin C. Because your body cannot produce or store vitamin C, it is important that you consume foods that can provide you with a sufficient amount.

Naturally, you might think of citrus fruits when someone mentions foods that contain vitamin C, but there are many other sources of this essential vitamin. Check out this reference list to find additional sources to help keep your gums healthy:

Chili Peppers

If you like your food a little spicy and you’re looking for some additional vitamin C, then chili peppers are a great food for you. On average one red chili pepper contains over 100 milligrams of vitamin C.


This delicious tropical fruit comes from Mexico, Central American, and northern South America. With over 120 mg of vitamin C per piece of fruit, guava is a great alternative to citrus fruits.


Broccoli is low in calories (just 31 calories per cup) and high in vitamin C (81 mg) making it a great vegetable to help protect your gums.


Containing approximately 98 mg of vitamin C per cup of sliced strawberries, this fruit is loaded with vitamin C. Strawberries are also a great source of fiber and a great snack to pack on the go.

Brussels Sprouts

One cup of cooked brussels sprouts contains over 100% of your recommended daily value of vitamin C. And don’t limit yourself to cooking them as a side dish. You can easily slice or shred raw brussels sprouts to add to salads as an alternative to lettuce or cabbage.


In the world of low-carb and no-carb, potatoes may not get all the love they deserve, but potatoes are a good source of vitamin C. Your average medium-sized potato contains 42 mg of vitamin C along with being a great source of fiber and potassium.

There are lots of alternatives to citrus fruits if you are looking to add some more vitamin C to your diet. Remember: all those antioxidants that come from the foods you eat can go a long way to not only helping protect your body but specifically your gums, from the harm that free radicals can cause.