Anthocyanins and your Health

Kowalczyk, E, Fijalkowski, P, et al. The Influence of Anthocyanins from Aronia Melanocarpa on Selected Parameters of Oxidative Stress and Microelements Contents in Men with Hypercholesterolemia. Pol Merkur Lekarski 19(113)651-3.

This study showed that anthocyanins increase the detoxification ability of the liver and also assists with the elimination of toxic metals.  It also increased zinc in red blood cells which is a positive effect on health in general, and serve as an anti-oxidant.

 

Cassidy, A, Mukamal, K, et al. High Anthocyanin Intake Is Associated with a Reduced Risk of Myocardial Infarction in Young and Middle-Aged Women. Circulation 127(2)188-96.

This study was done in a group of young woman.  The reason being that there was not much research done in this group regarding the development of myocardial infarctions.  It was found that a high intake of Anthocyanins may reduce MI risk in young women.