By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Life Science Weekly -- Current study results on Heart Disease have been published. According to news reporting out of Beijing, People's Republic of China, by NewsRx editors, research stated, "Berries are known to be rich in anthocyanins. These compounds give berries their distinctive colors and, more importantly, have several health benefits, such as contributing to the prevention of heart disease, cancer and inflammatory disease."
Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the College of Bioengineering, "In this study, anthocyanin-rich extracts from 12 colored berries found in northern China were analyzed by high-performance liquid chromatography coupled with diode array detection and electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (HPLC-DAD/ESI-MS). Total polyphenol content (TPC), total flavonoid content (TFC), total anthocyanin content (TAC) and antioxidant capacity (AOC) of the berries were assayed. The contribution of anthocyanins in the berries to their antioxidant capacity and bioactivity was also investigated. The 12 berries analyzed had typical profiles with different anthocyanin compositions, which can be considered as an indicator for differentiating berries. Cyanidin-3-xylosyl-galactoside and cyanidin-3-xylosyl-rutinoside were identified for the first time in Acanthopanax S. and Chinese dwarf cherry respectively. All berry extracts showed potent antioxidant activity, and TPC correlated well with AOC. Blue honeysuckle, blackcurrant and blueberry had higher TAC/TPC ratio, with anthocyanins contributing more to AOC. The higher flavonoid content in yellow raspberry and sea buckthorn might increase their antioxidant activity. In addition, wild raspberry had higher antioxidant activity than cultivated raspberries, but they all had lower anthocyanin content with less contribution to AOC."
According to the news editors, the research concluded: "There is great potential to improve human health through consumption of these colored berries, especially those high in AOC."
For more information on this research see: Phytochemical properties and antioxidant capacities of various colored berries. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 2014;94(2):180-188. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture can be contacted at: Wiley-Blackwell, 111 River St, Hoboken 07030-5774, NJ, USA. (Wiley-Blackwell - www.wiley.com/; Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture - onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)1097-0010)
Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting L. Chen, Beijing Polytechnic, Coll Bioengn, Beijing 100029, People's Republic of China. Additional authors for this research include X.L. Xin, Q.P. Yuan, D.H. Su and W. Liu (see also Heart Disease).
Keywords for this news article include: Asia, Antioxidants, Beijing, Cardiology, Anthocyanins, Heart Disease, Protective Agents, Biological Pigments, Risk and Prevention, Constrictive Pericarditis, People's Republic of China
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