What are anthocyanins?
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.