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One of several red plant pigments; a betalain. An example is betanin. Elevated in urine of patients with beeturia.
[L. beta, beet, + G. kyanos, dark blue substance, + -in]
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The characteristics positively affected by an increased amount of encapsulated powder were water absorption index, milk absorption, color parameters, antioxidant activity, and total polyphenol, total betacyanin, and total betaxanthin content.
Mizrahi, "Fruit flesh betacyanin pigments in Hylocereus cacti," Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, vol.
Effects of processing and storage on juice colour and betacyanin stability of purple pitaya (Hylocereus polyrhizus) juice.
Beets: According to Hunnes, the pigment that gives beets their rich, purple-crimson color, betacyanin, is also a powerful cancer-fighting agent.
1990), the betacyanin accumulation in suspension cultures of Phytolacca americana as well as anthocyanin production by grape cells (Do & Cormier 1991), and Camptotheca acuminate cells (Pasqua et al.
The nutraceutical benefits of fruit are believed to their antiulcerogenic activity and antioxidant properties related to ascorbic acid, phenolics, and a mixture of betaxanthin and betacyanin pigments (Tesoriere et al.
Betacyanin, the powerful antioxidant that lends beets their deep hue, has cancer-protective effects.
Apart from the various anti-carcinogens that beetroot is thought to contain, it has beta-carotene and betacyanin, powerful antioxidants which are said to help improve liver detoxification.