Vitamin C and Candida


Vitamin C is also known as ascorbic acid is essential for growth and repair of tissues as well as collagen production (Insel, Ross, McMahon, & Bernsten, 2014). Vitamin C is also an antioxidant along with vitamin E and beta-carotene.

Vitamin C is essential to immune health and appropriate vitamin C levels will help the body to avoid infection such as candida.

Signs of vitamin C deficiency include dry and splitting hair, gum inflammation, rough and dry skin impaired wound healing and decreased ability to ward off infection (Ehrlich, Vitamin C, 2013). Vitamin C deficiency is associated with high blood pressure, gallbladder disease, stroke and arteriosclerosis.

Dietary sources of vitamin C include bell peppers, oranges, watermelon, cauliflower, as well as leafy greens.

Jicama is very high in vitamin C

Jicama is best known as a Mexican turnip. The texture is a mix between a potato and a pear. One medium jicama has 221% of the daily value for vitamin C.

Here’s one of my favorite jicama recipes from raw revive:

Jicama Fries

And here’s a sushi recipe from Laura Miller via Raw, Vegan, Not Gross. She used jicama to replace the sushi rice for a grain free, raw and fiber-rich option. She is releasing a cookbook soon. I’ve already pre-ordered my copy.

Raw Vegan Not Gross Sushi

For further reading . . .

Ehrlich, S. D. (2013, June 19). Vitamin C. Retrieved from University of Maryland Medical Center:

Insel, P., Ross, D., McMahon, K., & Bernsten, M. (2014). Nutrition. Burlington: Jones and Bartlett Learning


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