The Royalty of Purple
Purple was called a “royal color” because it was very rare in nature and expensive to make.
The color dates back to the ancient world of kings and queens. The Persian King Cyrus adopted a purple tunic as his royal uniform, and some Roman emperors forbid their citizens from wearing purple clothing under penalty of death.
The reason for purple’s regal reputation comes down to a simple case of supply and demand. For centuries, the purple dye trade was centered in the ancient Phoenician city of Tyre in modern-day Lebanon. The Phoenicians’ “Tyrian purple” came from a species of sea snail now known as Bolinus brandaris, and it was so exceedingly rare that it became worth its weight in gold. To harvest it, dye-makers had to crack open the snail’s shell, extract a purple-producing mucus and expose it to sunlight for a precise amount of time. It took as many as 250,000 mollusks to yield just one ounce of usable dye, but the result was a vibrant and long-lasting shade of purple.
Clothes made from the dye were exorbitantly expensive—a pound of purple wool cost more than most people earned in a year—so they naturally became the calling card of the rich and powerful.
“Purple is . . . the most powerful wavelength of the rainbow – and it’s a color with a powerful history . . . purple symbolizes luxury, romance, mystery, spirituality, the sub-conscious, creativity, dignity, royalty – and it captures all of these meanings more so than any other color.” (ColorMatters.com)
Long associated with royalty, purple creates an air of luxury, even decadence. Using a purple dominantly is a quick way to create a sense of elegance or high-end appeal.
Lighter shades of purple – especially lavender – bring to mind spring and romance. Darker shades add more mystery, and can even symbolise creativity. Darkening the shade will also turn the romantic elements more sensual.
Purple fits in the realm of food in its “royalty” regarding nutrition.
Purple is the new trend in food. Why?
The Pantone predicted purple foods to trend in 2017. Throughout 2017, purple foods seemed to come out of hiding and showing up everywhere. Chef’s menus elaborated on these richly trend setting recipes colored purple foods which include: Berry & Beet Smoothie, Roasted Baby Purple Cauliflower, Roasted Beets, Baked Purple Sweet Potato, Purple Cabbage, Eggplant parmesan. Other foods including Blackberries, Purple Asparagus, Elderberries, Acai, Purple Carrots, Pomegranate, Purple sweet potatoes, Concord Grapes, Blueberries, Darker Skinned grapes, Plum’s, Purple Corn, Black rice (has more anthocyanins per gram than blueberries).
The Pantone Color Institute, the global authority on color trends, has chosen Ultra Violet as the color of 2018. For a second year in a row, purple is at the top of food trends.
What is so special about purple food?
In a nut shell, the color purple is a protector of the outer nervous system of brain, eyes, and skin, and inner nervous system how of our digestive system. This vibrant color often indicates nutrient density and antioxidants.
Purple Foods are “superheroes” of nutrition
Purple foods harbor some of the most royally amazing nutritional benefits possible fit for a king, but are there for each one of us. Imagine a drug that could fight cancer, reduce cholesterol, improve blood sugar and protect against cellular damage that was also safe, without side effects and taste great!
A government report sharing how “nearly 90 percent of Americans don’t eat enough produce from this color family [purple], which is linked to a slew of health benefits, from protecting memory, slowing the aging process and safeguarding your heart, to warding off Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.” This article was written by a registered dietitian with master’s degrees in both nutrition science and public health.
1. Purple foods kill cancer
2. Purple foods are ulcer-fighters
3. Purple foods are good for your liver
4. Purple foods are good for the heart
5. Purple foods prevent urinary tract infections
Many purple foods contain anthocyanidins and anthocyanins:
Anthocyanins are colored water-soluble pigments belonging to the phenolic group. The pigments are in glycosylated forms. Glycans serve a variety of structural and functional roles in membrane and secreted proteins. It is the enzymatic process that attaches glycans to proteins, lipids, or other organic molecules. Anthocyanins are responsible for the colors, red, purple, and blue, are in fruits and vegetables. Anthocyanins are particularly found in fruits such as grapes, purple grapes, black berries, strawberries, raspberries and some tropical fruits. They are powerful antioxidants that also possess anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and anticancer properties. In acidic condition, anthocyanins appear as red but turn blue when the pH increases. Anthocyanins are water-soluble pigment in the Plant Kingdom that, depending on their pH, may appear red, purple, or blue. An anthocyanidin is a steroid molecule. Vacuolar is a small cavity or space in tissue.
Anthocyanins possess the following health benefits:
- anti-inflammatory – inflammation is at the root of all major diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and immune dysfunction.
- anti-obesity effects
- prevention of cardiovascular diseases.
Anthocyanins have been credited with capacity to modulate cognitive and motor function, to enhance memory, and to have a role in preventing age-related declines in neural function.
Anthocyanins have demonstrated marked ability to reduce cancer cell proliferation and to inhibit tumor formation.
Human clinical trials, show that anthocyanidins and anthocyanins possess antioxidative and antimicrobial activities, improve visual and neurological health, and protect against various non-communicable diseases.
- Purple is associated with calm and relaxing.
- Purple has the property to restore capillaries.
- Purple has antibacterial properties to help treat UTI’s.
- Purple helps with eye strain and prevent deterioration of other eye health issues such as conjunctivitis, cataracts, glaucoma,
Harvard University scientist and professor David Sinclair is an Australian biologist and Professor of Genetics best known for his research on the biology of lifespan extension and driving research towards treating diseases of aging. A resveratrol formulation that Sinclair became known for making, states resveratrol like: “(It’s) as close to a miraculous molecule as you can find…. One hundred years from now, people will maybe be taking these molecules on a daily basis to prevent heart disease, stroke, and cancer.
- Resveratrol is typically known as an antioxidant, an anti-cancer agent, and a phytoestrogen. It is Anti-aging & Anti-cancer effects, Neuroprotective, contributes to heart health, Helps Protect the Brain and Cognitive/Mental Health.
- Resveratrol is shown to have cancer chemopreventive activity in assays representing three major stages of carcinogenesis.
- Resveratrol was found to act as an antioxidant and antimutagen
- Resveratrol helps relax the arterial walls, decreases the pressure in the arteries and allows better circulation.
- Resveratrol responds to injury or, when the plant is under attack by pathogens such as bacteria or fungi. It helps relax the arterial walls, decrease arterial pressure and promote healthful blood circulation. It has been shown to prevent cancer, lessen inflammation, improve blood sugar control, reduce blood pressure and improve cholesterol levels.
Like anthocyanins, betalains have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Eating more purple food is really critical when it comes to fighting the age process, preventing diseases such as cancer, and also helping to fight inflammation. It helps relax the arterial walls, decreases arterial pressure and promotes healthful blood circulation. It has been shown to prevent cancer, lessen inflammation, improve blood sugar control, reduce blood pressure and improve cholesterol levels and boosts immunity in healthy middle-aged adults. Cholesterol levels significantly dropped and the walls of their blood vessels relaxed, to improve circulation and blood flow and reduce stress on the heart. Decreases oxidative stress.
No wonder they are at the top of the list of foods to be consumed for the second year in a row.
It helps to have a high-powered blender to make this ‘ice cream’, you will simply need a little more patience without, that’s all. If you are without maqui berry, never fear, it’ll be very scrumptious with blueberries alone. * Maqui berry can be purchased online or via many health food stores. Recipe by The Holistic Ingredient.
2 bananas, frozen
1/2 cup blueberries, frozen
1/4 cup macadamia nuts, roughly chopped
1 heaped tablespoon maqui berry *
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