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Anthocyanins are water-soluble vacuolar pigments that may appear red, purple, or blue according to pH. They belong to a parent class of molecules called flavonoids synthesized via the phenylpropanoid pathway. Anthocyanins occur in all tissues of higher plants, including leaves, stems, roots, flowers, and fruits. Anthoxanthins are their clear, white to yellow counterparts occurring in plants. Anthocyanins are derivatives of anthocyanidins which include pendant sugars.

Anthocyanins are powerful antioxidants in vitro. This antioxidant property may be conserved even after the plant which produced the anthocyanin is consumed by another organism, possibly explaining why fruits and vegetables with colorful skins and pulp are considered nutritious. Research continues to be underway as to the potential range of health benefits from anthocyanins.
Tomatoes made more tasty and longer-lasting with purple GM varieties

Tomatoes made more tasty and longer-lasting with purple GM varieties

Eight ways to say ‘I love you’ from Loyola dietitian

Eight ways to say ‘I love you’ from Loyola dietitian

Berries help women beat heart attack risk

Berries help women beat heart attack risk

Berry wines may help people with diabetes decrease their blood sugar

Berry wines may help people with diabetes decrease their blood sugar

Study determines why blood oranges develop anthocyanin pigments

Study determines why blood oranges develop anthocyanin pigments

New research could make it easier to grow health-promoting blood oranges

New research could make it easier to grow health-promoting blood oranges

Red wine and dark chocolate are the real food of love

Red wine and dark chocolate are the real food of love

Spoonful of black rice bran contains more health promoting anthocyanin antioxidants than blueberries

Spoonful of black rice bran contains more health promoting anthocyanin antioxidants than blueberries

Specially bred purple sweet potato with anti-cancer components

Specially bred purple sweet potato with anti-cancer components

Black raspberries have chemopreventive potential

Black raspberries have chemopreventive potential

Purple tomatoes the latest in the arsenal against cancer

Purple tomatoes the latest in the arsenal against cancer

A polyphenols-rich diet keeps the heart younger

A polyphenols-rich diet keeps the heart younger

New proposed monographs for dietary supplements

New proposed monographs for dietary supplements

Red and blue fruits and veggies the best for fighting cancer

Red and blue fruits and veggies the best for fighting cancer

Compound found in elderberry could give a natural boost to skin

Compound found in elderberry could give a natural boost to skin

Grapes inhibit cancer growth

Grapes inhibit cancer growth