Jabuticaba as a Source of Functional Pigments

Pharmacognosy Reviews,2009,3,5,137-142.
Published:January 2009
Type:Review Article
Author(s) affiliations:

Diego T. Santos and M. Angela A. Meireles*

Laboratory of Supercritical Technology: Extraction, Fractionation, and Identification of vegetable extracts (LASEFI), Department of Food Engineering (DEA), University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Rua Monteiro Lobato, 80, Cid. Universitária Zeferino Vaz, 13083-862, Campinas - SP, Brazil


The relatively high concentration of anthocyanins in the diet is of prospective importance to human health. Anthocyanins contribute greatly to the antioxidant properties of certain colorful foods, such as grapes and cranberries. Many studies in recent years have focused on the study of these functional pigments from different perspectives. The present review highlights recent studies on the health-promoting properties of anthocyanins. It presents latent anthocyanin sources and demonstrates the potentiality of an under-utilized non-conventional source widespread in Brazil called jabuticaba (Myrciaria cauliflora).

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D. T. Santos and M Meireles, A. A. , Jabuticaba as a Source of Functional Pigments, Pharmacognosy Reviews, vol. 3, no. 5, pp. 137-142, 2009.