Blackcurrant is one of the most popular berries in Europe. It not only has a magnificent taste, but is also very beneficial for your health. Due to its healing properties, it is often used in natural medicine for healing and preventive purposes. Black currant surpasses all other berries in the number of vitamins, minerals and other useful substances. Black currant is a nutrient superstar.
Health Benefits of Blackcurrants
- Blackcurrants contain anthocyanins which are vital antioxidants, known to help protect against many diseases, and slow down the aging process.
- Studies have discovered that blackcurrant berries have the ability to help prevent diabetes.
- Blackcurrant has also manifested the ability to prevent the development of cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, protects from diseases of the heart/blood vessels and maintain visual acuity.
- Researches from the Institute of Nutrition at the University of Massey found that the extract of blackcurrant has beneficial effects on the digestive system and mammary glands. A team of experts under the leadership of Dr. Abdul-Latif Molana conducted the tests among 45 men and women (with a predominant number of women). During the course of 4 weeks, half of the volunteers were given 50 grams of dry extract of blackcurrant daily, and the rest were given a placebo.
First of all, by the end of the experiment, people who received currants showed a increase in the number of lactobacilli and bifidobacteria (which are useful for well working intestines). Secondly, there was a significant reduction in the populations of some pathogenic bacteria, such as Clostridium and Bacteriodes spp. Thirdly, the consumption of blackcurrant led to a decrease in the activity of beta-glucuronidases, which is a bacterial enzyme believed to increase the risk of colorectal cancer.
Dr. Мolan says, that the use of blackcurrant can bring significant benefits to ones health, as it acts as a probiotic. Additionally, it was found that women with mastitis and other breast related problems have exhibited a clear sign of improvement in glandular tissue of the mammary gland after taking the extract. The experts will carry out further research to see how the extract of blackcurrant can be used for the treatment of different cancers.
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