The colourful fruits and vegetables are the richest source of most vitamins, minerals AND the specialised anti-ageing phytochemicals.

Blue and purple foods such as plums, blueberries, blackberries, purple corn and blackcurrants contain phytochemical Anthocyanins that has anti-inflammatory, anticarcinogenic and antioxidant properties and anti-aging effects (1).

Anthocyanits also could prevent ageing related deceases (3):

  • It can lower blood pressure and reduce risk of heart deceases
  • Increases memory and brain functions and prevent neurological deceases
  • May slow cancer growth

According to scientific studies Anthocyanits could also protect skin from “sun ageing”: sun is one of important factors of skin ageing as it destroys collagen and promotes wrinkles building (4,5).

Following foods contain the most of this anti-aging phytochemical (2):

  • Mulberries: 1.4–704 mg
  • Black chokeberries: 46–558 mg
  • Black elderberries: 17–463 mg
  • Black currants: 25–305 mg
  • Sweet cherries: 7–143 mg
  • Blackberries: 10–139 mg
  • Lingonberries: 4–49 mg
  • Strawberries: 4–48 mg
  • Sour cherries: 3–44 mg
  • Red raspberries: 5–38 mg
  • Black grapes: 3–39 mg
  • Plums: 5–34 mg
  • Blueberries: 11–26 mg
  • Black beans: 1–15 mg
  • Red currants: 2–11 mg
  • Red wine: 4–10 mg
  • Red onions: 7 mg

The source of Anthocyanins could be also superfoods like berries pulver from Aronia Powder  or Acai Powder.

There are also other purple foods that have anti-aging effect. Beetroot: these brightly purple globes are rich with beautifying antioxidants and are an underrated vegetable. Beetroot’s pigment comes from an indole called Betalain; a known anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory. Beets also contain rutin and epicatechin.

Betroot pulver superfood could be used for salads, cooking, smoothies.

References:

1. Anti-aging effects of the fermented anthocyanin extracts of purple sweet potato on Caenorhabditis elegans

https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2021/fo/d1fo02671b

2. Source: https://www.healthline.com

3. Source: https://health.clevelandclinic.org/anthocyanins/

4. Source: Taylor C. Wallace and M. Monica Giusti, Anthocyanins in Health and Disease, Edition: 1, Chapter: Role of Anthocyanins in Skin Aging and UV Induced Skin Damage, Publisher: CRC Press 2013, pp.307-316

5. Source: https://www.botanicalformulations.com