Moniqu Ryan

Wellness Blog

Red, Blue and Purple Foods for Anthocyanins

Food 035Blueberries and strawberries may protect your heart thanks to  naturally occuring pigments  called anthocyanins that are red, blue and purple. In the Nurses Health Study over 93,000 women aged 25 to 42 years old were tracked for 18 years. Those who had the most anthocyanins from food (over 25 milligrams daily) had a 32% lower risk of heart disease than those who had the least (less than 2.5 milligrams). Most of the anthocyanins came from blueberries and strawberries, but other great sources include blackberries, cherries, and raspberries- all delicous fruits that are in season! Other anthocyanin rich foods include red cabbage, red grapes, and black plums. Make colorful fruits and veggies part of your daily diet.