CHARACTERISTICS OF ANTHOCYANINS
What are anthocyanins?
Anthocyanins are blue, dark red or purple pigments that plants contain.
They are classified into flavonoids.
Their role in plants is to attract predators, so they burn off and help disperse the seeds of the fruit and thus to reproduce the plant.
In humans, anthocyanins have properties to restore the health of the capillaries.
Properties of anthocyanins
- For the eyes: Their main task is to protect the capillaries of the retina, playing a key role in maintaining good eyesight. Anthocyanins are recommended for people with diabetes for its protective role of the capillaries of the eyes. Suitable for people with presbyopia, for people spend many hours in front of the screen, conjunctivitis, cataracts or glaucoma.
- Cardiovascular diseases: They protect the heart of cardiovascular disease and have, like other flavonoids, antioxidant value. Together with a diet for the heart, foods rich in anthocyanins are keen to prevent and treat cardiovascular problems both in people with a family history, and in patients with high cholesterol, hypertension or arteriosclerosis.
Cherries contain a lot of anthocyanins
Sources of anthocyanins
Anthocyanins are pigments found in some fruits ranging from red to blue or purple: blueberries, aronia, raspberries, cherries, acerola, red cabbage, plums or grapes.
Gardeners are working on getting varieties of fruits or vegetables with more red for his ability to build this component.
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This material is for informational purposes only. In case of doubt, consult the doctor.