Anthocyanins and Performance... Anthocy what?!?

Anthocyanins and Performance... Anthocy what?!?

May 23, 2018

I am a coach for my son's under 9 rugby team and sometimes when trying to pass on my knowledge of the game, I forget that he may not actually understand what I am talking about when I tell him that he's 'offside' or he needs to start to run the ball down the 'blindside'.  

So when I am talking enthusiastically to people about the benefits of Anthocyanins and why they're an important compound in your diet, I need to sometimes remember that I am potentially communicating to people who have no idea of what an Anthocyanin is.  I didn't until 12 months ago...!

So let's get to the basics. 

What is an Anthocyanin? 

All brightly coloured fruit and vegetables contain antioxidants – compounds which play an important role in protecting our bodies. Many naturally purple-coloured foods contain a certain antioxidant called Anthocyanin, they're the plant pigments which give Blackcurrants and other fruit and vegetables their deep purple or blue colours. 

Where do I find Anthocyanins?

Anthocyanins are found in blackberries. blueberries, red cabbage, cranberries and cherries. New Zealand Blackcurrants have been shown to have more Anthocyanins than almost any other fruit or vegetable. 

What should I include them in my diet? 

In addition to acting as antioxidants, anthocyanins may offer anti-inflamatory and anti-viral benefits. Anthocyanin-rich substances have long been used to treat a number of conditions (including high blood pressure, colds and urinary tract infections) and in recent times research suggests that Anthocyanins may also help fend off major health problems.

Traditional healers have used Blackcurrants for centuries but it’s only in recent decades that scientists have begun to seriously investigate the healing and protective powers of this remarkable fruit. 

Why are Anthocyanins beneficial for performance?

From a performance perspective, recent scientific studies have shown that consumption of Anthocyanin rich Blackcurrant Extract has improved performance in the following areas. 

  • Train harder for longer 
  • Increased distance covered 
  • Reduced muscle fatigue
  • Improved blood flow

For more detail on the above benefits click here




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