Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Purple Corn: Anthocyanin and Its Anti-Angiogenic Effect

Anthocyanin, a type of antioxidant abundantly found in purple corn, can be used in a broad spectrum of anti-carcinogenic and therapeutic purposes. In fruits, it functions as pigmentation for their bright colors and as natural antioxidants to protect the plants and their fruits from elemental harm, like the sun’s UV rays. It repairs and protects genomic DNA integrity. 
Berry anthocyanin works in controlling age related oxidative stress. It also improves the cognitive and neuronal functions of the brain. Combined berry varieties were found to be effective in their anthocyanic values in the following:  antioxidant efficacy, their potential for cytotoxicity, cellular uptake, and the ability to fight angiogenic problems. 
Angiogenic problems cause abnormal growths of blood vessels which can cause tumors and varicose veins. Anthocyanin can help prevent this. Since purple corn has recently been found to contain more amounts of anthocyanin than any other fruits or berries, the benefits with it can be astounding. It’s easy to see how it can have the same high Oxygen-Radical Absorbing Capacity (ORAC) value, powerful anti-angiogenic and low cytotoxicity properties as these mixed berries have, if not higher. 
What’s the significance of having high anti-angiogenic properties? It is crucial in treating cancer in vascular tumor biology. In fact, some medical scientists see it a priority area. Studies are being conducted evincing further the potential of anthocyanin as an anti-carcinogen phyto nutrient. For bottled purple corn...

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