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anthocyaninA phytochemical present in high concentrations in blueberries, cherries and plums, which may relieve arthritis and protect grey matter.
A blue, purple or red accessory pigment found in plants. Anthocyanins are water-soluble glucosides that are not directly involved in photosynthesis and can mask the green of chlorophyll, giving the plant a red-purple colour.
anthocyanin(an″thŏ-sī′ă-nĭn) [Gr. anthos, flower + cyano- + -in]
Any of several water-soluble pigments found in berries, grapes, and other fruits and vegetables as they ripen. All of them are antioxidants and belong to a class of compounds called flavonoids.