Effects of dietary anthocyanins on tocopherols and lipids in rats

Jan Frank, Afaf Kamal-Eldin, Torbjörn Lundh, Kaisu Määttä, Riitta Törrönen, Bengt Vessby

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The effects of dietary cyanidin-3-O-glucoside (C3G) and concentrates from blackcurrant [Ribes nigrum] (BC) and elderberry [Sambucus nigra] (EC) on plasma and tissue concentrations of α- (α-T) and γ-tocopherol (γ-T) and cholesterol, as well as the fatty acid composition of the liver lipids were investigated in growing, male rats of the Sprague-Dawley strain. Animals were fed semisynthetic diets supplemented with 2 g/kg C3G, BC, or EC for 4 weeks. Dietary anthocyanins did not affect feed intake, body weight, and organ weights. C3G elevated the concentrations of tocopherols in the liver and lungs (P < 0.05). Cholesterol levels in plasma and liver were not affected by any of the regimens. C3G and BC reduced the relative amount of saturated fatty acids in the liver (P < 0.05). BC also lowered the percentage of 22:6 + 24:0 and EC the ratio of 20:3/20:4 n-6 (P < 0.05). In conclusion, dietary C3G, BC, and EC appear to have little effect on cholesterol levels and the fatty acid pattern in the liver but seem to be capable of sparing vitamin E in healthy, growing rats.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7226-7230
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Issue number25
Publication statusPublished - Dec 4 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Anthocyanins
  • Cholesterol
  • Cyanidin-3-O-glucoside
  • Fatty acids
  • Rats
  • Tocopherols

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences


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