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Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology
Volume 2004 (2004), Issue 5, Pages 343-345
Correspondence article

Urinary Excretion of Cyanidin Glucosides and Glucuronides in Healthy Humans After Elderberry Juice Ingestion

1Institute of Nutritional Sciences, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Dornburgerstrasse 29, Jena 07743, Germany
2Institute of Nutritional Sciences, Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Wilhelmstrasse 20, Giessen 35392, Germany
3IMFORM GmbH International Clinical Research, Birkenweg 14, Darmstadt 64295, Germany

Received 3 March 2004; Revised 7 June 2004; Accepted 15 June 2004

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In a pilot study with 6 females and 1 male, the metabolism of various cyanidin glucosides after oral administration of elderberry juice was investigated. The anthocyanin metabolites were detected in urinary excretion. After ingestion of a bolus quantity of 3.57 g total anthocyanins in a 150 mL elderberry juice concentrate, 0.053% of the administered dose was excreted in urine as glucosidically bound cyanidins within the first 5 hours. Only 0.003% of the ingested anthocyanin glucosides was excreted as cyanidin glucuronide, suggesting that this conversion step might be of minor importance in urinary excretion.