Nutrition & Health Benefits of Black Currants
Black Currants can rightfully be called the “King of the Berries” due to the intrinsic biological and nutrition-physiological values of its fruit. It contains higher concentrations of potassium, iron, vitamin C., organic acids, and biologically active plant phenolic compounds compared to any other fruit. These compounds exert a synergistic effect in the human organism. In this respect, black currants constitute a distinct group among the fruits.
- Black currants are known for their extraordinarily high vitamin C, GLA (Gamma-Linolenic Acid) and potassium content. They contain twice the amount of potassium found in bananas, four-times the vitamin C in oranges and twice the antioxidants in blueberries.
- They contain anthocyanins that help in fighting against cardiovascular disease, aging, joint inflammation, eyestrain, urinary infections, kidney stones and even cancer.
- The fruits are packed with antioxidant compounds that help in the prevention of dementia.
- The derivatives of black currants are formulated into treatments for Alzheimer’s disease.
- Black currants are used by herbalists to cure diarrhea, tonsillitis, whooping cough and gum disease.
- The fruit intensifies weak peripheral circulation caused by menopause and cleans the blood of toxins, wastes and cholesterol.
- A diet rich in black currants proves to be helpful against rheumatism, arthritis and gout.