Dietary Anthocyanins and Human Health

Nutrients. 2019 Sep 5;11(9):2107. doi: 10.3390/nu11092107.


Anthocyanins may contribute to the inverse relationship between fruit and vegetable intake and chronic disease. Anthocyanins are pigments found in plant structures that consist of an anthocyanidin (aglycone) attached to sugar moieties. Anthocyanins may be beneficial for health through effects on cellular antioxidant status and inflammation; however, their underlying mechanisms of action in their protection of chronic diseases are likely complex and require further elucidation. This Special Issue comprises 8 peer-reviewed papers (including 6 original research articles) which highlight the diverse bioactivities of anthocyanins and anthocyanin-rich foods in the protection against chronic disease.

Keywords: anthocyanins; berries; bone; cardiovascular disease; flavonoids; gut health; gut microbiota; inflammation; metabolic syndrome; polyphenols.

Publication types

  • Editorial
  • Introductory Journal Article

MeSH terms

  • Anthocyanins / administration & dosage*
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents / administration & dosage*
  • Antioxidants / administration & dosage*
  • Bone Remodeling
  • Diet, Healthy*
  • Gastrointestinal Microbiome
  • Humans
  • Noncommunicable Diseases / epidemiology
  • Noncommunicable Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Nutritive Value
  • Protective Factors
  • Recommended Dietary Allowances


  • Anthocyanins
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents
  • Antioxidants