Black carrots owe their colors to special natural pigments called anthocyanins, which are flavonoid compounds. Anthocyanins can be found in practically every dark-colored foods, notably blueberries, blackberries, plums, purple mirabelles or purple or black carrots. Anthocyanins have potent antioxidant effects and because of their amazing capacity to trap free radicals, they offer protection against a variety of chronic, lif-threatening diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
Difference between carrot varieties. White, yellow, orange, red and purple or black carrots are essentially the same vegetable. As a result, they have a similar nutritional value, meaning that the plain orange carrot has just about the same vitamins and minerals as the black carrot. The same nutrients means that the orange and black carrot have about the same benefits too. However, black carrots are considered healthier because of their special pigment.
What makes black carrot and black carrot juice healthier than orange, red or yellow carrots is their pigment. The pigment responsible for the purple color is an antioxidant, an anthocyanin. The human body relies on antioxidants to reduce oxidative stress from free radicals. Oxidative stress causes inflammation and damages cells, potentially causing them to mutate and become cancerous. The more antioxidants like anthocyanins we get, the more antioxidant benefits we enjoy.
1) Black carrot juice concentrate has 12 times more antioxidants than regular orange carrot juice.
2) Black carrot juice concentrate has 40% more beta-carotene than regular orange carrot juice concentrate.
3) Vitamin A and selenium found in black carrots are said to help maintain a stable blood flow, have potent antimicrobial and anticancer properties (due to the incredibly high antioxidant content of black carrots), naturally increase sperm production and promote healthy skin, hair and eyes.
4) Black carrot juice has incredible detoxifying properties.
Black carrots are an amazing combination of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Did you know that 100 g of fresh, organic black carrots has 5 times more vitamin A than the RDI, recommended daily intake for an average adult? As you may already know, vitamin A is essential for healthy mucous membranes and contributes to better immunity as well as improves visual acuity for better eyesight. And black carrots are truly an incredible source of the nutrient.
We can also find moderate amounts of vitamins C, K and B vitamins. Regular consumption of the vegetable is thus beneficial for the immune system, ensures strong bones, promotes blood coagulation, supports nervous system activity, benefits digestion and contributes to good energy levels. Except for vitamins A, black carrots are highest in vitamin K (13.2 mcg), vitamin C (5.9 mg), vitamin B6 (0.138 mg), followed by smaller amounts of vitamins B1, B3, B9 and B2.
Though in small amounts, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese and phosphorus can be found in black carrots as well and contribute to tonic properties and a restorative effect. Potassium in particular is healthy because it counteracts high blood pressure and water retention. For further information on the properties and health benefits of vitamins, see the vitamins and minerals page.