Anthocyanin Confirmed as Effective Antioxidant
Chinese researchers have found that anthocyanins derived from different plant sources possess a variety of health-promoting effects. They include protection from oxidative stress that can damage DNA.
Anthocyanins are compounds found in dark-colored plants. Their most concentrated distribution is in red, violet, and black-colored fruits, flowers, and vegetables.
We obtain abundant amounts of anthocyanins from dark-colored foods, as well as processed products such as juice, wine, jam, and a variety of sauces. Examples include:
- black rice
- fruits such as blueberries, blackcurrants, strawberries, red and black grapes, and hawthorn
- vegetables such as red cabbage, red onion, black beans, eggplant, and purple potatoes
The Chinese researchers investigated the dose-response relationship between anthocyanins and metabolic factors as well as oxidative biomarkers in healthy adult volunteers. More than 100 participants took purified anthocyanins or placebo for two weeks, with an increasing dosing schedule of 20, 40, 80, 160, and 320 mg.
The results of the study are published in Nutrition. They indicate that anthocyanin supplements at doses greater than 80 mg improved markers of oxidative stress. This suggests that anthocyanin supplements enhance some metabolic factors. And they are an effective antioxidant.
The researchers acknowledge that the results of the study are directly applicable to young, non-obese, healthy participants with low levels of oxidative stress and inflammation. This can make it more difficult to detect any changes as a result of anthocyanin supplements. Therefore, clinical studies that are larger in scale and of longer duration are needed.
However, according to the results of this study, we can and should ingest considerable amounts of anthocyanins daily. The researchers emphasize that no incidences of anthocyanin poisoning have been reported in humans. “Thus, daily intake of 80 mg anthocyanins from natural food resources is likely to be well tolerated.”
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