Pelargonidin is a potent anthocyanin and phytonutrient (a group of non-essential, plant based chemical compounds which have various health benefits in humans) that can boost your heart health and fight various diseases. In this article I will be discussing pelargonidin in more detail, highlighting the main health benefits and listing the top food sources.
The discovery of pelargonidin dates back to 1938 when Albert Szent-Gyorgyi made the breakthrough along with the other flavonoids (a group of phytonutrients which include anthocyanins). At first he thought the flavonoids were vitamins and named them vitamin P but it was then later revealed that they are not essential to human survival so not technically vitamins.
2) MAIN FUNCTIONS:
Pelargonidin is a potent phytonutrient that acts as an antioxidant and protects the body’s cells from dangerous free radicals (harmful by-products that are released as a by-product of oxygen related reactions and can increase your risk of developing cancer, increase your risk of developing diabetes and increase the signs of aging).
Provisional research suggests this anthocyanin may also keep your heart healthy, prevent cancer (a disease that develops when certain cells in your body start to grow in a rapid, uncontrollable way and destroy the surrounding cells), prevent diabetes (a disease that leads to extremely high glucose levels) and prevent neurodegenerative disorders (diseases such as Parkinson’s disease which destroy neurons).
3) FOOD SOURCES:
Berries are also a fantastic source of this anthocyanin with chokeberries containing 1.44 milligrams (mg) per 100 grams (g), elderberries containing 1.13mg per 100g, raspberries containing 1.85mg per 100g and strawberries containing 31.27mg per 100g. Radishes also contain very high levels with at 25.66mg per 100g.
4) PELARGONIDIN SUMMARY:
Whilst the benefits of pelargonidin still need to be fully confirmed, you should make sure you eat this potent phytonutrient. Not only does it offer protection against damaging free radicals but it may also keep your heart healthy and your body disease free.
In addition to this, by eating berries (1 of the top pelargonidin sources) you also supply your body with many more health boosting vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients which can boost your health further.
So if you have previously avoided berries, start making some changes to your diet today. Add blueberries to your yogurt, snack on strawberries throughout the day or get a blender and make yourself a berry based smoothie. All these suggestions will supply you with plenty of pelargonidin and many more nutrients too.