CBC: Power of purple: Can pigment in food reduce weight, lower blood pressure?
A study at the University of Manitoba is testing whether the purple pigment in certain fruits prevents — or even reverses — disease.
“We think that the purple colour is very healthy for you,” said Peter Jones, director of the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals at the U of M.
At the core of the study is the queen garnet plum, quickly gaining a reputation as a superfood for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Antioxidants and anti-inflammatories can help fight diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, Jones said.
Researchers around the world have already studied the queen garnet’s ability to lower blood pressure in older adults. It has also been reported to have obesity-fighting properties.