Anthocyanins are associated with improved cognitive function (brain and neurological performance), eye health and sight, obesity, ulcer protection, cardiovascular function, and cancer prevention. Many of these benefits are believed to be related to the antioxidant ability of the molecules.Do you see all of those doubled lines in the chemical? Those are called conjugated double bonds and they make it possible for the chemical to absorb energy in the form of electrons from other molecules.So, when another molecule has excess electron energy, it can donate one to the anthocyanin, which keeps it safe from attacking your system. Otherwise, it can attack your lipids or wreak havoc on your vitamins, making them toxic to you.
It's also been suggested that these chemicals can bind to proteins that regulate gene expression and change the way genes are expressed in your body. This is correlated with anticancer activity.
The structure pictured is the basic structure of an anthocyanin. These complex molecules can differ by as little as a single atom and that can change their bioactivity. It's amazing how these little changes in the chemical structure of a molecule can change so much in how your body perceives it. Do you remember the pharmaceutical thalidomide? It turns out that there are a couple forms of thalidomide. They differ at the orientation around a single atom. The right-handed molecule prevents nausea and morning sickness. The left-handed molecule causes birth defects. Crazy, right?
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