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The color purple has always signified something special.
In ancient Phoenicia, purple dye could only be derived from a rare sea mollusk; it took 9,000 of them to make one gram of dye!
Later on, Queen Elizabeth made purple a ‘royal color’ when she forbade anyone but the royal family to wear it.
In the world of fruits and vegetables, purple also signifies something special.
Any time you’ve got a purple or dark blue fruit or vegetable on the menu, you’re consuming a healthy dose of a special antioxidant-rich plant pigment known as anthocyanin.
Research shows that a diet rich in this pigment can protect you from life-threatening conditions such as stroke and cancer:
- A 2012 cross-sectional study of 1,898 women ages 18-75, concluded that higher intake of anthocyanins is directly associated with less arterial stiffness.
- A 2008 study published in the international journal Cancer Letters summarized research showing how anthocyanin induces apoptosis (cell death) and prevents angiogenesis (formation of blood vessels that supply cancer cells).
Your purple guardians against disease
Adding a few of these fruits and vegetables to your diet now will pay off for years to come.