Load your fork full of good nutrition and longevity by including one of the heavy lifters of the nutrition world. Today, we look at an amazing compound called Anthocyanin. This compound is a heavy-duty anti-inflammatory fighting compound that you want on your side.
And, where do we find this Anthocyanin, you may ask…
ahhh, Sweet and Colorful Veggies
You’ll recognize anthocyanins in vegetables and fruits mostly by their blue-purple color. Their anti-inflammatory compounds bring major benefits to your nutrition and longevity. They can be found in eggplant, beets, red cabbage, blueberries and purple potatoes.
These anti-inflammatory compounds are also found in colorful varieties of rice like red, brown and black rice.
Good Nutrition and Longevity with The Purple Carrot
One place you wouldn’t think to look but will find anti-inflammatory compounds are in the purple carrots. Yes, purple.
In fact, the purple carrot has more anthocyanins, is more nutritious and sweeter than the typical orange carrot we eat today.
The purple carrot is often considered a perfect antidote to our larger waistlines, higher blood pressure, and insulin resistance. These conditions point back to the consumption of today’s SAD diet (standard American diet).
Gaining The Nutritional Benefit of The Purple Carrot
This veggie does some heavy lifting!
TIP: In preparation of loading your fork with all this nutrition and longevity, look for your carrots to have their green tops when you do your shopping. They’ll be at their sweetest and freshest with the green tops still on.
TIP: To keep those sweet fresh purple veggie full of nutrition and health, you’ll want to cut those tops off before you store them to preserve the moisture in them. Those tops are unwieldy and make a mess in the crisper. Besides, my chickens love them.
TIP: Carrots can be stored for weeks without losing their nutritional value, but best to keep away from those veggies and fruits that are heavy breathers and produce a lot of ethylene gas which can make the carrots bitter.
You can use a sealed plastic bag to store your carrots in the crisper of the refrigerator to protect them from the ethylene gas.
You can also store your carrots in a root cellar (a cool dark, humid place) like the one my aunt and uncle had in the basement of their home, back in the day.
TIP: Finally, in cooking them, you want to keep them whole as a way to keep the nutrients in place. They can be steamed or sauteed, but cooking them with a bit of fat actually increases the beta-carotene (by 8X) which is even better than eating raw.
Loving Those Free-Radical Scavenging Molecules
When it comes to loading up our fork with good nutrition and longevity, we look for molecules that will gobble up those free-radicals that bombard us on the daily. Here’s where anthocyanins come in right at the top. These free-radical scavenging molecules ward off oxidation and inflammation.
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Strengthen and Protect Your Health
Anthocyanins provide protection against DNA cleavage. This is where the DNA strand splits the strand into two (sure doesn’t sound good). Anthocyanins also reduce the proliferation of cancer cells and inhibit tumor growth.
Anthocyanins help regulate immune responses and help protect from cardiovascular disease. TIP: Elderberries work particularly well for us here.
Anthocyanins also strengthen our cell membranes and they’ve shown to improve our vision, too. TIP: This is where bilberries and black currant work particularly well.
They have been credited with a role in preventing age-related decline in memory and motor functions, as well as, a preventative of obesity and diabetes. TIP: Here’s where purple corn works well.
Good Nutrition and Brain Health
By the way, cell membrane strengthening is important because they house our neurotransmitters. We want these neurotransmitters to be very sensitive and able to respond easily. They work within the operating systems of our brain and body, interchanging signals that flow back and forth. So keeping them strong is pretty important.
TIP: Resveratrol is a polyphenol compound that has anti-inflammatory and anti-aging. It has
disease fighting properties that can also help support brain and cognitive function.
While these anthocyanins can offer us a huge health benefit, they should be consumed alongside other foods. This allows more interaction between each of their phytochemical compounds. It allows for better intestinal absorption and more bioavailability of its nutrients.
So eat your veggies — which should cover about 50-75% of your plate and your fruits in moderation.
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