Anthocyanins are flavonoids found in dark purple foods like blueberries, raspberries, elderberries, and black rice. Anthocyanins have shown to be antioxidant in vitro; human studies are needed.
Links to Plants Containing Anthocyanins
The listings of research below represents a compilation of scientific articles found on the topic, with a very brief overview description of each article/study. This compilation of research articles does not necessarily imply that there are adequate results to demonstrate safe and/or effective human use of any herb listed.
- Berries containing polyphenols like anthocyanins contribute to a heart healthy diet. From: Basu, A., Rhone, M., & Lyons, T. J. (2010). Berries: emerging impact on cardiovascular health. Nutrition reviews, 68(3), 168-177.
- Elderberry phytonutrient (phenolic and monomeric anthocyanin) content and antioxidant capacity were similar to those of black raspberries and blackberries. From: Özgen, M., Scheerens, J. C., Reese, R. N., & Miller, R. A. (2010). Total phenolic, anthocyanin contents and antioxidant capacity of selected elderberry (Sambucus canadensis L.) accessions. Pharmacognosy magazine, 6(23), 198.
By: Kathy Sadowski