Anthocyanins are generally accepted as the largest and most important group of water-soluble pigments in nature. Research articles on anthocyanins have escalated dramatically in the last 20 years : 230 in the decade from 1982 through 1991, 753 from 1992 through 2001 and 3043 from 2002 through 2012 Anthocyanin pigments and associated flavonoids have demonstrated ability to protect against a myriad of human diseases.
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