anthocyanidin, anthocyanadins, anthocyanin, celphinidin, cyanidin, delphinidin, malvidin,
pelargonidin, peonidin, petunidin
Proanthocyanidins are chemical compounds. They give the fruit or flowers of many plants
their red, blue, or purple colors. They were first studied for their importance as
plant pigments. These compounds may help prevent cancer.
Proanthocyanidins are in a group of compounds called polyphenols. These belong to
a subclass called flavonoids.
Food sources of proanthocyanidins include:
Medically valid uses
Research is being done to look at the health benefits of these compounds. It’s known
that a diet with a lot of vegetables and fruits reduces the risk for many types of
cancer. It also lowers the risk of other age-related problems.
Please note that this section reports on claims that haven't yet been proven through
Proanthocyanidins may protect the heart and cardiovascular system. They may work as antioxidants
and block nitrosamines from forming. They may protect healthy cells from their effects.
They work with vitamin C to lower the risk of breast cancer. They reduce risk of blood
clots. This may lower the risk of a heart attack.
There is no set dose for proanthocyanidins.
People who are pregnant or breastfeeding should talk to their healthcare providers
before taking any supplements.
Side effects, toxicity, and interactions
There are no known side effects linked with proanthocyanidins. There are no known
food or medicine interactions.