What are an­tho­cyanins?

BBC Good Food - - Easy Health -

All brightly coloured fruit and veg­eta­bles con­tain an­tiox­i­dants – com­pounds that play a key role in pro­tect­ing our bod­ies – but many nat­u­rally pur­ple-hued foods con­tain a cer­tain type of an­tiox­i­dant called an­tho­cyanins. These are plant pig­ments that give fruit and veg their deep red, pur­ple or blue colour. While stud­ies are still on­go­ing, pre­vi­ous re­search has linked an­tho­cyanins to a wide va­ri­ety of health claims, in­clud­ing in­creased longevity, car­dio­vas­cu­lar health and cog­ni­tive func­tion. An­tho­cyanins are found in foods in­clud­ing açaí berries, black­ber­ries, black­cur­rants, and blue­ber­ries, as well as aubergine (in the skin), red cab­bage and cher­ries.

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