Blackcurrant pigment, also known as anthocyanin, is a natural pigment found in blackcurrants and other fruits and vegetables. It is responsible for the dark purple or black color of these foods.
Anthocyanins are a type of flavonoid, which are a class of naturally occurring compounds known for their antioxidant properties. These pigments have been found to have a wide range of health benefits, including reducing inflammation, improving heart health, and potentially even preventing certain types of cancer.
Blackcurrant pigments have also been used in food and cosmetic industry, as a natural food colorant and as an active ingredient in skincare products. As a food colorant, blackcurrant pigments are widely used in the food industry, particularly in products such as jams, jellies, and other preserves. In the cosmetic industry, it is used in anti-aging creams and lotions, as well as in hair care products, due to its antioxidant properties and ability to protect the skin and hair from damage caused by free radicals.
A study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry in 2012 found that blackcurrant pigments had anti-inflammatory properties and could potentially be used to treat conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis.
A study published in the European Journal of Nutrition in 2018 found that consuming blackcurrant pigments daily over a period of 12 weeks improved heart health by decreasing blood pressure and improving the flexibility of blood vessels.
A study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry in 2009 found that blackcurrant pigments had strong antioxidant properties and could potentially be used to prevent certain types of cancer.
A study published in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture in 2010 found that blackcurrant pigments had protective effects on the skin against UV radiation, as well as anti-aging properties.
It should be noted that while these studies provide promising results, more research is needed to fully understand the potential health benefits of blackcurrant pigments and to establish the appropriate dosage and method of consumption.