anthocyanin

noun
an·tho·cy·a·nin | \ˌan(t)-thə-ˈsī-ə-nən \

Definition of anthocyanin 

: any of various soluble glycoside pigments producing blue to red coloring in flowers and plants

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Arthritis All berries contain anthocyanins that have been found to have an anti-inflammatory effect that can help ease the symptoms, says the Arthritis Foundation. Tehrene Firman, Good Housekeeping, "11 Things You Should Know About Açaí Berries, Nature's "Purple Gold"," 23 Nov. 2017 Blueberries: Contain phytochemicals called anthocyanins, which give the berries their blue color. Allison Horton, miamiherald, "Want to reduce your odds of getting cancer? Stay active, lose weight and eat healthy | Miami Herald," 25 May 2018 Great in everything from burritos to soup, black beans are full of anthocyanins, compounds that have been shown to improve brain function. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "6 Healthiest Beans You Can Eat," 15 Aug. 2016 Blueberries have one of the highest levels of anthocyanins, with 120 milligrams per half-cup. Consumer Reports, Washington Post, "From oatmeal to sardines, 7 foods that really can help hearts stay healthy," 7 May 2018 However, red apples have more anthocyanin, which may provide heart-healthy and cholesterol-lowering benefits. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Good Housekeeping, "Why Apples Are One of the Best Fruits You Can Possibly Eat," 23 Mar. 2018 And research in rats has found tart cherry anthocyanins to have effects similar to those of pain medications known as NSAIDs. Robert J. Davis, CNN, "Cherry juice and other ways to reduce post-exercise soreness," 28 Feb. 2018 And research in rats has found tart cherry anthocyanins to have effects similar to those of pain medications known as NSAIDs. Robert J. Davis, CNN, "Cherry juice and other ways to reduce post-exercise soreness," 28 Feb. 2018 And research in rats has found tart cherry anthocyanins to have effects similar to those of pain medications known as NSAIDs. Robert J. Davis, CNN, "Cherry juice and other ways to reduce post-exercise soreness," 28 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of anthocyanin

1853, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anthocyanin

Greek anthos + kyanos dark blue

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anthocyanin

noun
an·tho·cy·a·nin | \ˌan(t)-thə-ˈsī-ə-nən \
variants: also anthocyan \-ˈsī-ən, -ˌan \

Medical Definition of anthocyanin 

: any of various soluble glycoside pigments producing blue to red coloring in flowers and plants

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