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IUPAC name
2-(3,4-Dihydroxyphenyl) chromenylium-3,5,7-triol
Other names
13306-05-3 YesY
(chloride) 528-58-5 (chloride) (chloride) N
ChEBI CHEBI:27843 YesY
ChEMBL ChEMBL404515 YesY
ChemSpider 114193 YesY
Jmol interactive 3D Image
KEGG C05905 YesY
PubChem 128861
Molar mass 287.24 g/mol
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Cyanidin is a natural organic compound. It is a particular type of anthocyanidin (glycoside version called anthocyanins). It is a pigment found in many red berries including grapes, bilberry, blackberry, blueberry, cherry, cranberry, elderberry, hawthorn, loganberry, açai berry and raspberry.[1] It can also be found in other fruits such as apples and plums, and in red cabbage and red onion. It has a characteristic reddish-purple color, though this can change with pH; solutions of the compound are red at pH < 3, violet at pH 7-8, and blue at pH > 11. In certain fruits, the highest concentrations of cyanidin are found in the seeds and skin.[citation needed]

Effects on the human body[edit]

Cyanidin, like other anthocyanidins, has putative antioxidant and radical-scavenging effects which may protect cells from oxidative damage and reduce risk of cardiovascular diseases and cancer.[citation needed] Other studies have indicated that dietary intake of cyanidins may inhibit development of obesity[2] by inhibiting the effects of unhealthy diets.[3][4] Other studies have indicated that cyanidin intake may inhibit development of diabetes as well as provide anti-inflammatory effects.[2][5]

Other preliminary studies indicate that the glucoside derivative of cyanidin might have a role in cancer therapy, although this remains unproven beyond laboratory testing.[6][7][8]

List of cyanidin derivatives[edit]


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