Tracing the Path of an Ingested Plant Pigment Through the Human Body

2014-08-27 03:14:28 | BioPortfolio


This study will trace the path of a natural plant pigment, (cyanidin-3-glucoside; C3G), through the human body after consumption. C3G is the most abundant of the naturally occurring anthocyanin family of plant pigments and is responsible for the red to purple colour of many fruits and vegetables. Anthocyanins are promoted as being potentially beneficial to heart-health and also have anti-cancer properties, however little is known about how the body processes these compounds after they are eaten or how they are cleared from the digestive system. The investigators study aims to answer these questions and, in doing so, unravel how they may benefit everyone's health.

In this BBSRC funded study, 8 healthy (18-45y) male participants will be recruited to a one day feeding study (lasting 8 hours) to establish the routes of clearance of anthocyanins from the body. After consent has been obtained, participants will be screened to establish their health (by NHS clinical staff). Eligible participants will be asked to consume a low anthocyanin diet for 7 days and to attend a study day at the Clinical Research & Trials Unit (CRTU, University of East Anglia). Participants will attend in a fasted state (at least 8h of water only) and will be asked to provide a urine (total morning void) and faecal (within the previous 72h) sample. Participants will then consume a C3G capsule and blood and breath samples will be collected at regular intervals after consumption (0.5, 1, 2, 4 and 6 hours). The capsule is roughly the size of a commercial vitamin-C tablet (500mg). Participants will then return in a fasted state on the following 2 mornings to provide further urine, faeces, breath and blood samples. Low anthocyanin meals will be provided throughout the study day and on the following 2 mornings. Participants will be reimbursed for their inconvenience

Study Design

Control: Uncontrolled, Endpoint Classification: Pharmacokinetics Study, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Basic Science


Metabolism and Clearance of Cyanidin 3 Glucoside


Cyanidin 3 glucoside


University of East Anglia
United Kingdom


Not yet recruiting


University of East Anglia

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:14:28-0400

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