Il black currant (Ribes Nigrum) it was called to the United States "forbidden fruit”, As it helped spread a fungus that infects white pines.
Because of this, it has been removed from many areas and Americans have had to give up on these portentous black berries.
Let's see its main health benefits!
Properties for herbal medicine
The black currant plant is used entirely in herbal medicine; the most common form is blackcurrant seed oil, but infusions and herbal teas can also be obtained from the leaves, fresh or dried.
This plant is used to improve:
- immune system
- eye health
- intestinal health
- kidney health
Extracts of this fruit have been shown to be useful in reducing risk factors for metabolic conditions such as type 1 and 2 diabetes.
Black currant and vitamins
It contains many vitamins such as: A, B5, B6, B1, E, but the most significant is vitamin C; in fact this berry contains 4 times more vitamin C than oranges and double the antioxidants of blueberries!
Our body uses the vitamin C to metabolize the protein and form collagen, essential for skin care.
Its berries are rich in antioxidants and anthocyanins; these can help strengthen the immune system, soothe a sore throat, and relieve flu symptoms.
Black currant leaves also have a number of properties including:
Supplements of this fruit improve the immune response in people who train regularly and may also give you greater stamina.
Black currant has a direct effect on the body's anti-inflammatory response; its oil contains gamma-linolenic acid, a type of omega 6 fatty acid, which helps relieve inflammation in the body.
The high content of this acid can help reduce:
- joint pain
- muscle damage
Support for the heart and to fight dental plaque
It is well known that the Grape-based drinks, such as wine or juice, help reduce plaque buildup, but black currant juice is much more potent.
Currant is also rich of potassium and can help lower blood pressure; it also helps the cells of the heart resist damage and slows down platelet aggression in the blood vessels.
Black currant and psoriasis
La National Psoriasis Foundation recommended black currant oil to relieve psoriasis symptoms; taken orally, this oil can help slow the growth and development of psoriasis.
You can also apply the oil locally directly on dry, itchy and irritated skin.
How to include it in the diet?
It is not difficult to incorporate currants into the diet; we can find it in the form of:
- dried fruit
La Ribena britannica is a very popular black currant drink in the UK and it can also be found in some supermarkets here.
Le Blackcurrant dosage recommendations generally suggest taking no more than 4 250-milligram capsules a day, or a glass of fruit juice.
Blackcurrant berries can be added to yogurt in snacks or at breakfast, in pancakes, in salads and can be the basis of a tasty jam.
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