What flavonoid and antioxidant are eggplants famous for?
Nasunin is a potent phytonutrient and antioxidant that is found in eggplants, mostly in eggplants skin. Nasunin is high on the list of potent antioxidants. In this capacity it helps to neutralize free radicals, making it an excellent anti-aging phytonutrient. Nasunin has many additional health benefits. It has antiangiogenic properties which help it to fight cancer by restricting the growth of new blood vessels. It also helps keep blood vessels clear and relaxed. In animal studies, nasunin has been found to protect the lipids (fats) in brain cell membranes. Nasunin was first isolated from the plant in 1933. This is what gives eggplant fruits the dark purplish-blue coloration. In eggplants it functions to protect the plant from environmental damage, especially from the sun. Currently, nasunin is not found in any commercially available supplements. However, because of its amazing properties nasunin supplementation will likely be available in the form of capsules in the near future.