Anthocyanins

What are Anthocyanins?
Anthocyanins are bioflavonoids that function as red, purple, and blue pigment in many fruits, vegetables, cereal grains, and flowers. They occur in nearly all plants in their leaves, stems, and roots but are most commonly found in fruits and flowers. Anthocyanins are known primarily for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. As antioxidants, anthocyanins help rid the body of the free radicals that cause oxidative damage in the body. Studies have shown that anthocyanins have a wide range of health benefits including the prevention and treatment of the following conditions: cancer, coronary heart disease, and circulatory conditions such as gout. They are also taken to treat bladder infections and urinary tract infections, as well as to improve vision. Anthocyanins have been used as a natural food coloring in products such as beverages, fruit fillings, and dairy products.

What are the health benefits of Anthocyanins?
Rich sources of anthocyanins include red and purple fruits such blueberries, blackberries, acai berries, bilberries, cranberries, cherries, raspberries, and purple grapes. Anthocyanins can also be found in eggplant, red cabbage, and red wine.

What are the guidelines for taking Anthocyanins?
Because of their availability in natural sources, anthocyanins are typically consumed without the use of supplementation.

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