Blood orange is a little rare to find, and I always buy them whenever I see them at the grocery store or at the farmer’s market.
Blood orange is less acidic and has a nice berry aroma, probably due to its different phytochemical make-up.
How is a blood orange different from the regular orange in terms of nutrients?
Blood orange contains a few notable nutrients worth mentioning:
Anthocyanin: Is a phytonutrient and an amazing antioxidant that gives blood orange the deep crimson color. It is also the same antioxidant that is found in blueberries. Antioxidants protect our bodies from the attack of free radicals and prevents our body from premature agin
Vitamin C: Blood oranges are found to be supercharged with vitamin C – possibly up to 40% more than regular orange. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that is necessary for the healing and repair of our body tissues. Together with the increased amount of this vitamin, our Creator has also packaged an increased amount of bioflavonoids that are necessary for boosting the efficacy of vitamin C in this fruit, making it a super immunity booster food.
Folate (vitamin B9): Blood orange is one of the very few fruits that contain high amount of folate that helps the body form white and red blood cells. It is also necessary for the formation of DNA and protein metabolism. A deficiency in folate increases the risks of cancer, heart diseases and stroke.
These few super nutrients make blood orange a food that is highly nutritious and healing. Some of the health benefits of drinking blood orange juice:
- Improves vision health
- Improves mental performance
- Lowers high blood pressure
- Regulates cholesterol levels
- Prevents development of chronic diseases
- Prevents premature aging of the skin
- Anti-UV radiation
- Inhibits tumor growth
- Stimulates collagen production
- Maintenance of gums, bones, teeth, nails and skin health
- Reduces the risks of certain cancers
- And many more!
Just peel, juice and serve chilled. Enjoy!