Blood Orange

Overview

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SOURCE
Sicily, Italy
FORM
Organic herbal extract
FOUND IN
Most blood oranges are grown in Italy.

Fast Fact

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A blood orange is a natural mutation of the naval oranges we’re all familiar with. The National Gardening Association says it’s essentially a cross between an orange and a raspberry. When cut open, it’s their high levels of the anthocyanin pigment that gives them the dark, blood red color that sets them apart.

Especially Important For

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Type 2 Diabetes prevention, metabolic disease prevention, weight management, macular degeneration prevention.

Benefits

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Energy booster
Dopamine promoter
Cancer preventer
Immune supporter
Free radical fighter
Fatty liver disrupter
Weight manager
Eye health enhancer

Why it's important for overall health

Blood oranges have all the health-promoting compounds that sweet oranges have and more.

They’re rich in Vitamin C. In just 3.4fl oz of natural blood orange juice, you can get 40% of your recommended daily dose of Vitamin C.

One blood orange has the antioxidant quenching capacity of 2kg of navel oranges, making it great at fighting free radicals responsible for heart disease, degenerative diseases and aging.

The anthocyanin pigment that gives blood oranges their blood red color inhibits the multiplication of and induces cell death to cancer cells.

They also have less sugar than traditional naval oranges.


Evidence-based claims, or bust

CANCER LETTERS

Anthocyanins and their role in cancer prevention.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF FOOD SCIENCE AND NUTRITION

Red-fleshed sweet orange juice improves the risk factors for metabolic syndrome.

PHARMACOGNOSY MAGAZINE

Chemical composition of blood orange varieties from Turkey: A comparative study.

THE AMERICAN JOURNAL OF CLINICAL NUTRITION

Dietary flavonoids and the prevalence and 15-y incidence of age-related macular degeneration.

HARVARD T.H. CHAN SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Antioxidants.

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