'Anthocyanin' that selects and kills only cancer cells, abundant in purple vegetables

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Purple onion, cherry, and blueberry, known as health foods, have in common that they have a dark red color. The reason these foods have a dark red color is because they are rich in a kind of phytochemical called 'anthocyanin'.

Eggplants, blueberries, and purple onions are rich in anthocyanins, which have strong anticancer effects. /Unsplash

Anthocyanins neutralize free radicals that cause aging and disease. In addition, it prevents the formation of deposits in the arteries and purifies the blood by preventing various wastes from accumulating in the blood vessels. Above all, it has excellent anticancer effects.

Researchers at Ohio State University in the United States conducted an experiment to confirm the anticancer effect of anthocyanin, a natural pigment that gives the red and blue color contained in fruits and vegetables. As a result of the experiment, anthocyanins contained in purple corn and cherries stopped the growth of colorectal cancer cells and eliminated 20% of all cancer cells. Another study found that cecal tumors were reduced by 74% in mice fed anthocyanin-rich extracts of tart cherries. Colorectal cancer showed a reduction rate of 17% and small intestine cancer by 30%.

In addition, anthocyanins inhibit the proliferation of cancer cells by blocking the cell cycle at various stages by acting on cell cycle regulatory proteins. In particular, it acts as an anti-inflammatory by blocking NF-kB and COX-2, which are inflammatory proteins that show increased characteristics in cancer.

Even in patients with cancer, anthocyanins have several benefits. By expanding the blood vessels of cancer patients, it not only supplies oxygen to the cells smoothly, but also improves blood flow stasis, a side effect of chemotherapy. In addition, there are studies that increase the anticancer effect of anticancer drugs and radiation by nearly 50%. However, as anthocyanins are water-soluble pigments, they are weak against heat. Therefore, it is most effective to consume it raw.