It may be a word we trip over but anthocyanins are the compounds found in produce (mostly berries) that gives it the purple or dark red tint. The extremely high antioxidant activity found in anthocyanin foods make them some of the most powerful for your overall health. Here are 5 of our favorites!
Sure, acai berries are good for you – they provide energy and boost your immune system. What we love about them here at Daily Superfood Love is that they are packed with good stuff to keep you looking gorgeous!
The high-levels of antioxidants, amino acids, and omega-3s remove youth-damaging free radicals. In fact, acai berries have hundreds of times the free-radical-fighting ability of average fruits like apples and oranges.
They are also one of the most popular anthocyanin foods – so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding them in your local market.
Adding acai juice (look for it near the orange juice) to your daily green smoothie will give you a boost you’ll feel all day! Make sure the juice you pick has low sugar. The first ingredient should be acai berry and fortified varieties are available.
Black Currants for Cold Relief
When you come down with a cold – and even during the summer…those germs are just waiting to pounce – the only thing you can think about is getting rid of it. The faster the better.
Instead of dosing yourself on the over-the-counter, high chemical cold remedies that do nothing more than treat the symptoms – consider warming up some black currant juice instead.
Recent studies have shown it begins to ease coughing, clear congestion, and takes away the “foggy head” feeling you get when you’re ill.
Simply take a ½ cup of black currant concentrate, dilute with water, and heat to the temperature of hot tea. Bonus: black currant juice tastes far better than cough syrup!
Purple Aronia Berries for Heart Health
This anthocyanin food is one of the least known – and most effective – for protecting your cardiovascular system. Their antioxidant content alone beats out media superstars blueberries, cranberries, and pomegranates by substantial levels.
Iowa State University released a study that the heart-health compounds found in purple aronia are the highest reported of all foods.
They efficiently mop up free radicals and lower inflammation, making them an excellent addition to your superfood diet.
Purple aronia berries are related to the rose family and very easy to grow yourself. They are a sturdy plant that is indigenous to North America.
They can be eaten raw or made into a tart juice – much like unsweetened cranberry juice. The juice can be easily sweetened with honey or added to a healthy shake.
Maqui Berry for Diabetes
Diabetes is one of the most common – and dangerous – chronic diseases in the world. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that complications from diabetes claim as many as 3.4 million lives every year.
Type 2 diabetes is 100% preventable and reversible – unlike type 1 which only accounts for 10% of all diabetic cases.
Using maqui berry extracts to naturally control glucose levels has shown excellent results! In addition, it increases long-term glucose tolerance which is excellent news for more than 200 million type 2 diabetics worldwide.
It is naturally anti-inflammatory, packed with vitamins and minerals, and makes a delicious natural sweetener in place of refined table sugar which has zero health benefit.
Mangosteen for Lower Cholesterol
Similar to plums, mangosteens are native to Asia and the Pacific Islands. They are naturally sweet and delicious. They are also one of the most powerful superfoods to fight high cholesterol.
This anthocyanin food can be eaten raw, added to smoothies, or consumed as a juice. Any way you use it, this fruit is low in fat, high in nutritional content, and packed with fiber.
As a result, adding these simple anthocyanin foods to your regular superfood diet is a win-win. If you already feel good – you’re going to feel great! Check out our book “Superfoodify Your Life” for more nutrient-rich, anti-aging, natural disease-fighters!