Apr 28, 2020
The blood orange or red-orange is a type of citrus fruit that belongs to the same family as orange, which is Citrus kinesis. It is orange in color on the outside and deep red on the inside.
The red color of this fruit comes from its high anthocyanin content, which is a pigment that is commonly found in flowers and fruits, but rarely in citrus fruits. The red color of this fruit starts at the edge of the peel and after covering the edges, it moves inside. Sometimes, you may come across blood oranges that are not entirely red on the inside. This may vary depending on the time of harvest and season.
In heart patients, blood oranges are known to improve the endothelial function, thereby improving the flow-mediated dilation , which means the dilation of the artery when blood flow increases.
Another good nutrient found in blood oranges are carotenoids, which are known for their antimutagenic, cardioprotective, and anticarcinogenic effects on the body.