What are Anthocyanins ?
Anthocyanin is a kind of water-soluble pigment that can change color when the acid value and base of cell fluid change. If acidic, it will be reddish; if alkaline, it will be bluish. Anthocyanidin is one of the main pigments in petals and fruits.
Which foods are rich in anthocyanins?
Anthocyanins are found in high concentrations in blackcurrants, blackberries and blueberries, as well as in aubergine (in the skin), red cabbage, cranberries and cherries.
Because it gives a blue, purple or red hue to a variety of fruits, vegetables, cereal grains and flowers, it’s easy to recognize foods that are rich in this important antioxidant. Here are some you should be aiming to eat regularly:
Blueberry, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, elderberries, cranberries, bilberries and any other blue, purple or red skinned berries are all rich sources of anthocyanins. In general, berries are fantastic sources of antioxidants with blueberries being ranked number one in terms of antioxidant activity
Tart cherries contain higher levels of anthocyanins than sweet cherries. The darker the berry, the higher the concentration. Research has also found that people who eat tart cherries regularly experience pain relief from conditions like gout, osteoarthritis, and even post-workout muscle soreness.
Not only a fantastic source of anthocyanins, purple grapes help dissolve uric acidcrystals which can reduce symptoms off gout and rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. Their skin houses a chemical compound called resveratrol, which exhibits strong anti-inflammatory activities and has been shown in studies to block the free radical activity responsible for cancer and aging.
What do anthocyanins do inside the body once we consume them? We still have a lot to learn to about the exact bioactivity, uptake, absorption and roles of phytonutrients, including anthocyanin. We do know that anthocyanins seem to play a role in fighting free radical damage, which leads to aging and the formation of numerous diseases. (3) Beyond their capacity to fight free radicals/oxidative stress, anthocyanins have many other effects when it comes to protecting cells, tissues and vital organs that we’re still uncovering.
What are the health benefits of anthocyanins? Some of the conditions that research suggests anthocyanins may help prevent include:
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