If you have been to your local farmers market or super market lately you may have noticed that blood oranges are back in season (although I believe the best time of the year them is May)… and if you are like me, you are drawn to them because of their beautiful red color, but do you know the benefits of blood oranges? They are not just like regular oranges. Their enticing rich red color packs a punch of health goodness for your body. Allow me to break in down for ya…
Vitamin C: We already know that oranges in general pack a lot of vitamin C. So let’s remind ourselves why it’s important… vitamin C is an antioxidant required for a large number of metabolic functions in the human body, and can aid in repairing tissues and ensuring healthy gums. Another one of the health benefits of Vitamin C is that it aids in healing wounds and shows benefits on the adrenal gland function. Vitamin C is not produced by the human body and therefore must be produced by our diet. Two blood oranges are more than enough to comply with the recommended daily intake of vitamin C.
Folic Acid: Studies show that folic acid helps against some cancers and heart disease. It is generally recommended for pregnant women before conception as folic acid is vital for forming red blood cells in the body, and thus prevents birth defects.
Anthocyanins: Anthocyanins are basic natural compounds that give color to fruits, plants and vegetables, such as blueberries and pomegranates. Nutrition experts believe that anthocyanins have anti-inflammatory properties that affect the collagen, and are also good for preventing cancer, diabetes and bacterial infections, as well as reducing the risk of heart disease. It’s so beneficial to include in your diet foods that are rich in anthocyanins, they help against illness that comes with age… they help the body heal itself. Pretty amazing huh…
Vitamin A: This is another vitamin that is necessary for the body. Vitamin A maintains health of certain tissues like the retina. It helps in growth and keeps the skin healthy and promotes regular development of skeletal tissue and teeth.
Calcium: Blood Oranges do have some calcium but you would not want to rely solely on them for your daily calcium intake. Calcium helps with bones and teeth. It gives bones strength. Since most of our bodies stand in place due to our bones, calcium is an absolutely vital mineral.
(info via blood-oranges.com and organicauthority.com)
For eating enjoyment… some blood orange recipes. Get yourself some yummy blood oranges and remember to buy organic if you can! Much love!!!