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Blackcurrants for Health

New research is emerging all the time on the huge potential health benefits of eating and drinking blackcurrants. Find out how blackcurrants can help you to improve your health and keep up-to-date with all the latest developments in this section.

The antioxidant ability of blackcurrant is shown to protect the nerve cells and help to regenerate the bodies own defence systems. Some studies also suggest beneficial effects with respect to neural-related disease such as Alzheimers, Parkinsons and Dementia.
Can blackcurrants help my eyesight? Scientists have discovered that dietary antioxidants play an important role in maintaining eye health and vision, particularly in preventing cataract. Cataract is a common degenerative eye disease and is associated with getting older. It results from the build-up of oxidised proteins in the lens of the eye, which prevents light from entering. Some antioxidants like vitamin C have been found to reduce the risk of cataract, but whether or not the other blackcurrant antioxidants offer similar protection is not yet known. In a scientific study on humans,...
What is a urinary tract infection or UTI? The urinary tract is the name given to the organs in the body which produce and store urine; the kidneys, the ureters, the bladder, and the urethra. Urinary tract infections (UTIs) occur when bacteria, usually from faeces, enter the urethra, travel upwards and stick to the walls of the urinary tract, where they multiply. Surprisingly, urine is normally sterile, in other words it does not contain many bacteria at all. The combination of a healthy immune system, specific personal care practices and the flow of urine flushing bacteria out keeps it that...
The antioxidant ability of blackcurrant is shown to protect the nerve cells and help to regenerate the bodies own defence systems. Some studies also suggest beneficial effects with respect to neural-related disease such as Alzheimers, Parkinsons and Dementia.
Blackcurrants are a natural, readily available and rich source of flavonoids. Studies have shown that drinking wine or juices rich in flavonoids helps to improve the function of your blood vessels.
Ground-breaking research reveals that acute supplementation with blackcurrant extract can help to increase human cognitive function and performance. What’s more, this new research also suggests that blackcurrant juice can play an important role in slowing the cognitive decline associated with ageing and disorders including dementia. A randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover study was conducted using 36 healthy young participants (18–35 years). The sample was given blackcurrant juice which was found to boost the ability to undertake tasks requiring alertness, vigilance and...
Ground-breaking new research reveals that delicious blackcurrants can help to promote healthy bacteria in the gut as well as having an ‘anti-tumour’ effect on some cancers. Anthocyanins are the natural compounds which give blackcurrants their characteristic colour. New research has demonstrated that these anthocyanins help to increase levels of healthy bacteria (Bifidobacterium) in the gut helping to maintain the healthy functioning of the digestive system. Maintaining a healthy digestive system and reducing gut inflammation is important for health, weight management and disease prevention...
Blackcurrants have long been regarded as a super fruit, commonly renowned for their rich antioxidant content which has been proven time and again to help keep us healthy. According to new groundbreaking research, blackcurrants might even be beneficial for our health in ways previously unexplored: scientists in the US and UK have found that a diet rich in flavonoids, natural compounds found in fruit and vegetables, could dramatically reduce the risk of erectile dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction affects 322m men globally and, as well as being distressing to the individual, it’s also an early...