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Black Currant

The black currant is a deciduous shrub that originated in the northern hemisphere but grows rather optimally in New Zealand. The berries are dark purple (nearly black) in color and are quite aromatic. They grow to about 1cm in diameter and are ready to be harvested around August. Black currants have been called the “King of Berries” because they contain several times the concentration of many vitamins like vitamin C, minerals, and phenolics compared to other fruits. Perhaps an equally attractive feature is their distinctive taste and aroma. Black currants have been used in making juice beverages, jellies, preserves, syrups, liqueurs, and ice cream, especially throughout Europe. The first uses of black currant as an herbal medicine date back to the Middle Ages. The pioneers recognized the health potential of black currants as they commonly used them as a remedy for colds or to soothe a sore throat and minimize the severity of respiratory infections. The French have also traditionally used this berry to treat arthritis, rheumatism, and renal dysfunctions. Today, black currant products are often marketed as functional foods and nutraceuticals due to the health-promoting properties of black currant’s unique anthocyanin profile. Now there is also significant scientific research in support of black currant being used to enhance immune function, combat inflammation, and to improve vision.

Phytonutrient Profile

  • Unique anthocyanin profile containing predominantly cyanidin-3-rutinoside, cyanidin-3-glucoside, delphinidin-3- rutinoside, delphinidin-3-glucoside)
  • Rich in polyphenols like catechins, myricetin, and proanthocyanidins
  • Seeds contain high concentrations of important fatty acids like gammalinolenic acid (GLA) and alphalinolenic (ALA) arabinoside, and cyanidin-3-xyloside

Black Currant Benefits

  • Promotes healthy vision
  • Reduces “Tired Eyes Syndrome”
  • Supports a healthy inflammation response
  • Offers immune support and antioxidant benefits
  • High in anthocyanins and ORAC
  • All-natural
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