Prevent and Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis with Vitamin C and Foods High in Antioxidants

Dietary Vitamin C and other antioxidants prevent and help treat Rheumatoid Arthritis. Make sure to combine the items below with a low sugar diet because sugar prevents the absorption of Vitamin C.  See the disclaimer at the bottom.

Foods, Teas, and Spices high in antioxidants:

  • Matcha
  • Cloves
  • Oregano
  • Rosemary
  • Dark chocolate
  • Elderberries
  • Wild blueberries
  • Cranberries
  • Artichoke
Dietary Vitamin C is not Just Ascorbic Acid:


Ascorbic Acid has it place in short term acute use, but is not recommended for long term use.

Dietary Vitamin C Has these fractional components:

  • Ascorbic Acid
  • ascorbinogen
  • bioflavonoids
  • rutin
  • tyrosinase
  • Factor J
  • Factor K
  • Factor P

Manufactured Vitamin C (Vitamin C Supplements) has only this component:

  • Ascorbic Acid

Ascorbic Acid when alone, kills healthy gut bacteria.  The ascorbic acid in supplements is often derived from corn starch, corn sugar, or rice starch, and is chemically dependent upon volatile acids.

It shouldn’t surprise anyone that synthetic or processed vitamins either don’t work as expected or are probably bad for you with long term use.

The best way to get a vitamin you need is by finding the spice, tea, vegetable, or fruit that has the most of the vitamin you are looking for and consume it in moderation.


Sample Dietary Sources of Vitamin C (Choose the items with the least sugar):

  • Hibiscus
  • Rose Hips
  • Thyme
  • Basil
  • Saffron
Food Milligrams (mg) per serving Percent (%) DV*
Red pepper, sweet, raw, ½ cup 95 158
Orange, 1 medium 70 117
Grapefruit juice, ¾ cup 70 117
Kiwifruit, 1 medium 64 107
Green pepper, sweet, raw, ½ cup 60 100
Broccoli, cooked, ½ cup 51 85
Strawberries, fresh, sliced, ½ cup 49 82
Brussels sprouts, cooked, ½ cup 48 80
Grapefruit, ½ medium 39 65
Broccoli, raw, ½ cup 39 65
Tomato juice, ¾ cup 33 55


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ORAC Values: Antioxidant Values of Foods & Beverages

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