Overview

 

Blackcurrants don’t just taste delicious, eating them can provide your body with vital nutrients and help to protect your body against a myriad of ills including cardiovascular disease and ageing.

 

Eat a Rainbow!

We all know that eating 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day is the best way to keep our bodies healthy and get essential nutrients into our diet. Visualising your 5-a-day as a rainbow will help you to eat a wide variety of different coloured fruits and vegetables and keep healthy eating on track.

 

Blackcurrants are an important part of the rainbow, brimming with health-promoting antioxidants (called anthocyanins) which give them their distinctive dark purple colour. The darker the blackcurrant, the more anthocyanins it contains and the better it is for you. British blackcurrants are grown especially for their lovely deep colour, making them extra good for you.

 

Blackcurrants are especially rich in Vitamin C - containing more than three times as much as an orange! They can even help prevent joint inflammation, eyestrain and urinary infections.

 

Explore the links below to discover how eating blackcurrants can help keep you healthy.

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HEALTH BENEFITS OF BLACKCURRANTS

 

WHAT ARE FREE RADICALS AND ANTIOXIDANTS

 

WHAT ARE ANTHOCYANINS

 

BENEFITS OF VITAMIN C

 

CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH

 

AGEING AND BRAIN FUNCTION

 

URINARY TRACT HEALTH

 

VISION

 

BLACKCURRANT FRUIT COMPOSITION

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Health Benefits Of Blackcurrants

 

Thanks to the high levels of anthocyanins and Vitamin C, two types of important disease fighting antioxidants, blackcurrants have been suggested by scientific research to have many health benefits in promoting health and preventing diseases. Vitamin C is an essential nutrient required for the body’s normal functions and the antioxidant polyphenols in blackcurrants (particularly anthocyanins) may help in maintaining cardiovascular health, ageing and brain health, urinary tract health and healthy vision.

 

What Are Free Radicals And Antioxidants?

 

Antioxidants in blackcurrants are good for you because they help fight against free radicals entering the body.

 

Free radicals are very reactive, potentially damaging substances which are formed as a by-product of the normal maintenance processes carried out by the body (a bit like undesirable fumes being a by-product of running your car). Free radicals also enter our bodies from a number of other sources such as cigarette smoke, air pollution and radiation (Bibliography Ref: 12). Damage to body tissues by free radicals is called oxidative damage.

 

The body has evolved its own defence systems to inactivate free radicals; exposure to more free radicals than the body’s antioxidant defence system can cope with is believed to be a factor in the development of illnesses related to body tissue ageing, such as heart disease, cancers and cataracts. Antioxidants in fruit like blackcurrants are absorbed by the body when we eat them and are thought to act in the same way as the antioxidants that we produce ourselves: stopping free radicals in their tracks.

Reference: Halverson, B.L., Holte, K., Myhrstad, M.C., Barikmo, I., Hvattum, E., Remberg, S.F., Wold, A-B., Haffner, K., Baugerød, H., Andersen, L.F., Moskaug, J.Ø., Jacobs, D.R.Jr., Blomhoff, R., A Systematic Screening of Total Antioxidants in Dietary Plants, The Journal of Nutrition 2002,132(3):461-71.

 

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