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What Are Anthocyanosides?

Blueberries contain anthocyanosides.
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Anthocyanosides or anthocyanins are specific chemical elements in plants that control pigmentation. These chemicals are known as super-antioxidants. They are highly prized as health boosting substances because of their antioxidant properties. Antioxidants help to preserve the body and fight off viruses, infections, and inflammations. They are also useful in lowering the risks of some serious degenerative conditions.

According to historical sources, the Greeks came up with the idea of anthocyanosides. In Greek, the word referred to the color of cornflower, known as cyan. Throughout history, these pigments have served humans in different ways, but today, the health value of these natural food chemicals is making them a valuable part of a daily diet.

The bilberry or vacillium myrtillus is a prime source of anthocyanosides. Other anthocyanosides are found in similar foods, such as brightly colored berries like blueberries, raspberries and blackberries, as well as grapes, peppers, greens, tropical fruits, and many other fresh fruits and vegetables. One of the most important facts about these healthy elements is that they are easily lost if cooked or stored. For this reason, those who really want to get the optimal health benefit from a diet of fresh produce will make sure they get their fruits and vegetables as fresh as possible.

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Nutritionists and other scientists make a critical distinction between anthocyanosides and anthocyanidins. The words are similar, and so are the compounds. A main distinction is that anthocyanidins do not have the sugar content associated with anthocyanosides.

More and more biology and nutrition experts are getting the word out that anthocyanosides can potentially improve many aspects of physical fitness and health. Getting enough of these health boosters and other nutrients of the vegetable world can help individuals improve their dental health, hair, skin and eyes. These substances can also help to ward off diabetes, cancer and many more illnesses. They can improve cardiovascular health.

In addition to the above health benefits, scientists are looking at whether anthocyanosides can help to provide a youthful appearance by promoting collagen, a tissue below the skin, that helps smooth out wrinkles. Lots of new consumers are noticing the health and cosmetic benefits of getting these plant based elements in a diet. The key, according to experts, is to know how to use foods effectively to get the nutrients that they hold in their natural state.

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