The blood orange is a variety of sweet orange with crimson that share many of the health benefits associated with eating sweet oranges. This fruit is grown in the volcanic atmosphere of Mount Etna in Sicily. Apart from being rich in vitamin C, blood oranges also offer unique health benefits associated with high levels of anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are red flavonoid pigments that give the blood oranges their intense color and wondrous antioxidant properties. Nutritionists believe that anthocyanins have anti-inflammatory properties that help prevent cancer, bacterial infections, diabetes and reduce the risk of heart disease.
Another study found that the extract from blood oranges contained anti-inflammatory activity and plenty of antioxidants. These antioxidants and other active ingredients protect the body from the effects of free radicals.