WHAT ARE ANTHOCYANINS?
Anthocyanins are naturally occurring plant pigments that give fruit and vegetables their deep purple, blue and red colors. Haskap berries contain up to four times more anthocyanins and three times more antioxidants than blueberries.
Haskap berries have one of the highest recorded anthocyanin values of any berry. It is these properties that are associated with their health promoting benefits. Sweet Prairie Haskap juice is a convenient, tasty and cost-effective anthocyanin daily boost.
Anthocyanins have important antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and vasoactive properties which have the potential to mitigate the development of exercise-induced oxidative stress and improve exercise performance.
Antioxidant: Antioxidants are thought to have a positive influence on exercise performance by reducing the exhaustive effects of excessive oxygen and free-radical accumulation during physical activities.
Anti-inflammatory: Anthocyanin anti-inflammatory effects may have a role to play in improving exercise recovery.
Vasoactive: Anthocyanins also have important vasoactive properties helping to lower blood pressure and increase vasodilation leading to improved muscle blood flow and oxygen delivery during exercise.
Cook, M., & Willems, M. (2019). Dietary Anthocyanins: A Review of the Exercise Performance Effects and Related Physiological Responses, International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, 29(3), 322-330.
THE HASKAP RESEARCH
Haskap has been shown to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and vasoactive properties. Endurance athletes who have tried Sweet Prairie Haskap juice are spreading the word about its properties. They love it and many add Sweet Prairie to their protein drinks. The juice is a natural energy supplement and also stabilized their smoothies. The endurance athletes are our first and best customers.
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