Dietary anthocyanins as a complementary medicinal approach for management of inflammatory bowel disease

Synopsis: Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is thought to result from a chronic or relapsing activation of the immune system in the GI tract.

A growing body of evidence confirms the health benefits of dietary anthocyanins as plant-derived natural agents. They possess both protective and therapeutic functions in the management of IBD by alleviating oxidative stress processes, cytoprotective functions, downregulation of inflammatory cytokines and suppressing cellular signaling pathways of inflammatory processes.

In conclusion, this review finds consumption of anthocyanin-rich natural formulations must be promoted on the basis of their possible function in the prevention and
treatment of gastrointestinal inflammatory disorders.

Expert Review of Gastroenterology and Hepatology 
DOI: 10.1586/17474124.2015.1002086