What are black currants?
The black currant (Ribes nigrum) is a species of berry native to central and northern Europe and northern Asia. Click here for Wiki definition.
Sweet, sharp and astringent, black currants lend their flavor to all manner of teas, yogurts, jams, juices, wine and liqueur.
Black currants are nutritional powerhouses.
Black currants are very rich in many phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, essential fatty acids and minerals. In particular, black currants are renowned for their high content in Vitamin C (a powerful antioxidant), GLA (Gamma-Linoleic Acid, a very rare Omega-6 essential fatty acid) and potassium. They have been shown to have twice the potassium of bananas, four times the vitamin C of oranges, and twice the antioxidants of blueberries.
Overall, black currants have been proven to have health benefits including:
- Anti-Inflammatory Action
- Powerful Anti-oxidant Action
- Maybe help prevent cancer
- Reduces the effects of arthritis
For a more detailed listing of benefits click on http://black-currant.com/.
Research on Black Currants
An extensive study in 2007 by the Scottish Crop Research Institute confirms that Black Currants, a once illegal berry in the U.S., have higher levels of antioxidants and total vitamins and minerals than virtually any other fruit, including blueberries and pomegranates, for health-giving qualities.
Researcher Dr. Derek Stewart, the head of the Quality, Health and Nutrition Programme, who compared the properties of the 20 most popular fruits said: “The motivation for the research came from the huge publicity surrounding superfoods, coupled with lack of consumer knowledge. We wanted to find out which fruit came out on top.” Stewart looked at whole fruit and their extracts compared to disease models. He also examined compositional data on energy, fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals, as part of the RDA.
Why did Greg Quinn create CurrantC™ Black Currant Nectars?
His story is very interesting. In fact it was written up in the Readers Digest. He does sell black currant nectar. It may be available in a store near you.
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