Purple Carrot Extract
Purple carrot extract comes from the purple carrot root (Daucus carotasativus).It is said that the cultivated and edible carrot dates back about 5,000 years ago when the purple root was found to be growing in the area now known as Afghanistan. Purple carrot extract is a fine, deep red-purple powder. Purple carrots contain anthocyanins, phenolic acids, and carotenoids.1
The active compounds in purple carrots may promote antioxidant and anti-inflammatory acitivties.1,2 Anthocyanins may also aid in insulin resistance and glucose tolerance. Adequate consumption of purple carrots may lower cholesterol levels, fat levels in the blood, oxidative stress, and inflammation.1
Poudyal H, Panchal S, Brown L. Comparison of purple carrot juice and β-carotene in a high-carbohydrate, high-fat diet-fed rat model of the metabolic syndrome. Br J Nutr. 2010 Nov;104(9):1322-32. doi: 10.1017/S0007114510002308. Epub 2010 Jul 12. PubMed PMID: 20619064.
Metzger BT, Barnes DM, Reed JD. Purple carrot (Daucus carota L.) polyacetylenes decrease lipopolysaccharide-induced expression of inflammatory proteins in macrophage and endothelial cells. J Agric Food Chem. 2008 May 28;56(10):3554-60. doi: 10.1021/jf073494t. Epub 2008 Apr 24. PubMed PMID: 18433135.