Do anthocyanins work?

Overall Effectiveness Rating for Anthocyanins

The overall effectiveness rating for anthocyanins is 2.2 out of 3. This rating means there is some evidence that using anthocyanins may lead to positive results. This rating also means that some evidence does not back up all claims. Below you can find individual ratings for specific claims.

Overall Confidence Rating for Anthocyanins

There are 24 studies in the database on anthocyanins; the confidence rating is 55. A score above 80 means the effectiveness rating for this supplement is reliable. A score under 80 means there is insufficient evidence to ensure a reliable effectiveness rating. Note, this rating is for anthocyanins as a whole. There are also individual ratings for the claims below.

Products Containing Anthocyanins

Products Containing Anthocyanins
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Individual Claims

The overall ratings above do no necessarily reflect each claim about anthocyanins. Individual claims can have higher or lower ratings. For example, some supplements may have a lot of backing for one claim, but be completely useless for another. Click on claims below for more information.

Body Composition (weight, muscle, body fat) Claims Effectiveness Rating Confidence Rating
decrease body fat
increase fat burning

Performance Claims Effectiveness Rating Confidence Rating
improve cardiovascular endurance
improve cycling performance
improve high-intensity interval training (HIIT) performance
improve running performance
improve sports performance
improve sprint performance
decrease fatigue

Cardiovascular Health Claims Effectiveness Rating Confidence Rating
lower blood pressure
lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels
increase HDL (good) cholesterol levels
lower total cholesterol levels
lower triglyceride levels
increase cardiac output

Recovery Claims Effectiveness Rating Confidence Rating
improve recovery
reduce muscle damage
reduce muscle soreness

General Health Claims Effectiveness Rating Confidence Rating
improve insulin sensitivity
lower fasting glucose


Title of Study
Anthocyanin supplementation improves HDL-associated paraoxonase 1 activity and enhances cholesterol efflux capacity in subjects with hypercholesterolemia
Anthocyanin supplementation improves serum LDL- and HDL-cholesterol concentrations associated with the inhibition of cholesteryl ester transfer protein in dyslipidemic subjects
Anti-inflammatory effect of purified dietary anthocyanin in adults with hypercholesterolemia: A randomized controlled trial
Assessing the Values of Blueberries Intake on Exercise Performance, TAS, and Inflammatory Factors
Beneficial Effects of New Zealand Blackcurrant Extract on Maximal Sprint Speed during the Loughborough Intermittent Shuttle Test
Beneficial Physiological Effects With Blackcurrant Intake in Endurance Athletes
Cardiovascular disease risk biomarkers and liver and kidney function are not altered in postmenopausal women after ingesting an elderberry extract rich in anthocyanins for 12 weeks
Cardiovascular function during supine rest in endurance-trained males with New Zealand blackcurrant: a dose-response study
CurraNZ blackcurrant improves cycling performance and recovery in trained endurance athletes
Dose effects of New Zealand blackcurrant on substrate oxidation and physiological responses during prolonged cycling
Effect of bilberry juice on indices of muscle damage and inflammation in runners completing a half-marathon: a randomised, placebo-controlled trial
Effect of New Zealand Blackcurrant Extract on Performance during the Running Based Anaerobic Sprint Test in Trained Youth and Recreationally Active Male Football Players
Effect of New Zealand Blackcurrant Extract on Physiological Responses at Rest and during Brisk Walking in Southeast Asian Men: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Crossover Study
Effect of New Zealand Blackcurrant Extract on Repeated Cycling Time Trial Performance
Effect of New Zealand blueberry consumption on recovery from eccentric exercise-induced muscle damage
Effect of New Zealand Sujon blackcurrant on resting cardiovascular function in triathletes
Effects of anthocyanins on blood pressure and stress reactivity: a double-blind randomized placebo-controlled crossover study
Effects of anthocyanins on cardiovascular risk factors and inflammation in pre-hypertensive men: a double-blind randomized placebo-controlled crossover study
Freeze-dried bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) dietary supplement improves walking distance and lipids after myocardial infarction: an open-label randomized clinical trial
New Zealand blackcurrant extract enhances fat oxidation during prolonged cycling in endurance-trained females
New Zealand blackcurrant extract improves cycling performance and fat oxidation in cyclists
New Zealand Blackcurrant Extract Improves High-Intensity Intermittent Running
Purified anthocyanin supplementation reduces dyslipidemia, enhances antioxidant capacity, and prevents insulin resistance in diabetic patients
The effect of anthocyanin supplementation on body composition, exercise performance and muscle damage indices in athletes