What is Black Currant?
What's in a Name?
Currants, Black Currants, Blackcurrants, Zante currants, there's much confusion about what to call our favorite little berry here in the U.S. and around the world. Are Currants and Black currants the same? Are Black Currants and Blackcurrants the same? Do Blackcurrants or Black Currants have anything to do with Zante currants? There's also a lot of different stories about how this all came about, so as the official Currant website for all things "Currant" we'd like to set the record straight.
New Study Finds Black Currants, the Once “Forbidden Fruit,” to be the ”#1 Superfruit.
An extensive study this week by the Scottish Crop Research Institute confirms that Black Currants, a once illegal berry in the U.S., have higher levels of antioxidants and total vitamins and minerals than virtually any other
Health benefits of black currant:
Black currants are very rich in many phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, essential fatty acids and minerals
In particular, black currants are renowned for their high content in Vitamin C (a powerful antioxidant), GLA (Gamma-Linoleic Acid, a very rare Omega-6 essential fatty acid) and potassium. They have been shown to have twice the potassium of bananas, four times the vitamin C of oranges, and twice the antioxidants of blueberries.
Black currants contain anthocyanins, which are compounds naturally found in berries. They are very potent antioxidants and are responsible for the color of blackcurrants. Around 300 different types of anthocyanins have been discovered.
Anthocyanins inhibit the enzymes Cyclo-oxygenase 1 and 2, and reduce inflammation and the effects of arthritis in the body. The effect is similar to aspirin or ibuprofen, so many middle-aged and old people are choosing the healthier blackcurrant juice over these drugs.
Anthocyanins have been found to be heat and light sensitive, so the processing of blackcurrants is controlled very carefully to ensure they keep their nutritional properties
Black Currants May Help Thwart Alzheimer's:
Compounds in black currants may help protect against Alzheimer's disease, according to a study in the current issue of Chemistry & Industry magazine. Researchers found that these compounds -- anthocyanins and More
Black currant was used in the past in Europe the leaves were used as a diuretic,and as a gargle for sore throat. The berries were made into a drink for colds and flu.
The oil is generally used today. Black currant seed oil is a rich source of essential fatty acids. These are converted in the body to prostaglandin, which is necessary for fighting infection. Many women find this oil reduces breast tenderness associated with PMS.
Black Currant Oil is also a rich source of gamma linolenic acid, GLA, along with other important polyunsatura-ted fatty acids. Fatty acids are involved in many body functions, such as maintaining body temperature, insulating nerves, cushioning and protecting tissues and creating energy.
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