While you may not have heard of Fruit Anthocyanins the supplement, you’ve surely consumed them. Formulated by Bill Mitchell, one of the recognized leaders in Natural Health, Fruit Anthocyanins is an organic concentrated blend of powerful dark berries and fruits including red grape, elderberry, aronia berry, blueberry, raspberry and pomegranate. These water-soluble pigments give fruits their vibrant red, purple and blue colors and are so concentrated, they can stain your clothes – so be careful! These compounds are also some of the most biologically-active compounds on earth and have been shown to do amazing things in the human body. Here are some of the top reasons to make Fruit Anthocyanins your new favorite supplement this spring!
Like all fruit and vegetable pigments, anthocyanins are powerful antioxidants – far more than either red wine or green tea. These compounds help to prevent the formation of damaging oxygen radicals in the human body and also help to quickly quench them. Because our bodies are well-adapted to absorbing nutrients from foods, intestinal absorption of anthocyanins has been shown to be better than absorption of antioxidants from red wine. Blueberry alone has been shown to reduce the risk of many chronic degenerative diseases by increasing the serum antioxidant capacity.
Anthocyanins from blueberry have been shown to create improvement in many inflammatory diseases including rheumatoid arthritis and gout. Aronia berry (chokeberry) extract has even been demonstrated to have the same level of anti-inflammatory activity as 10mg prednisolone. Aronia berry is also a specific anti-inflammatory for disorders of the eye and can greatly impact inflammatory disorders there, as well.
In keeping with the theme of boosting eye health, anthocyanins are a powerful tool in the eye-health arsenal. They have been shown to benefit macular degeneration, retinal degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, cataracts and improve night vision.
Pomegranate has been shown to inhibit the growth of several bacterial strains in vivo including: Staph. aureus, Methicillin-resistant Staph aureus (MRSA), Strep. pyogenese, Diplococcus pneumoniae, E. coli 0157:H7. Raspberry, elderberry and blueberry all inhibit H. pylori growth and help to reduce the number of opportunistic pathogens in the gut.
Elderberry inhibits all strains of flu virus and relieves flu symptoms in people already infected four days faster than placebo. Blueberry is also known to inactivate tick-borne encephalitis virus.
If the rest of this wasn’t enough, anthocyanins have been researched to show tremendous activity against a variety of cancers including breast cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer, oral cancers, cervical cancer, skin cancer, leukemia and brain cancer. Anthocyanins can help to protect your genes against mutation when exposed to toxins. There are over 50 research studies showing positive effects.
Heart disease and cardiovascular conditions
Anthocyanins are well-known to strengthen capillary integrity in the tiny blood vessels of the eyes, brain, kidneys and extremities. They can also improve circulation to those areas. Pomegranate juice has been shown to reduce carotid artery stiffening and to decrease blood pressure with long-term use. Anthocyanins are also known to lower cholesterol and normalize lipid profiles with long-term use, even in those with severe type II diabetes.
Blueberry has a long history of reducing rapid spikes in blood sugar and stabilizing these fluctuations. Pomegranate juice also has been shown to help prevent the damage caused by fluctuations in blood sugar in diabetics without raising blood sugar levels in spite of the fact that it’s a fruit juice. Aronia extract has been shown to lower fasting blood sugar levels in non-insulin dependent diabetes.
As though there wasn’t enough already, it’s clear that anthocyanins are a whole-body supplement and can help to restore health in other areas as well. Anthocyanins have been shown to increase the integrity of collagen and connective tissue and can strengthen tendons, ligaments and cartilage. Pomegranate juice helps to reduce plaque, oral inflammation and even periodontal disease. Anthocyanins also help to restore fertility in men by increasing sperm motility and sperm concentration and even aid erectile dysfunction by increasing nitric oxide and improving circulation.
It’s hard not to love a supplement that tastes great and does everything. Plus, since Fruit Anthocyanins are 100% whole food-based, they are highly-absorbable and bioavailable to your body, because they’re based around good nutrition. Nothing in this product comes from a lab or a chemical company. It’s pure concentrated fruit extracts and it helps your body in every way possible.
Visit your nearest Peoples location to pick up a bottle of Fruit Anthocyanins today and to speak with a wellness member about adding it to your regimen!
by Amy Neuzil, ND*. Amy is available for consultation at Peoples Wellness Center North.
*Naturopathic doctors are not currently licensed in the state of Texas.