The Exotic Superfruit right in your own neighborhood!
We believe black currants are the best, most nutritious fruit available in the world.
But don't take our word for it, see what others have to say...
Does your tea help fight the flu? Recent studies tested an extract from black currant leaves (LADANIA067) against several strains of human flu viruses. The studies found that LADANIA067 possesses Anti-influenza activity In vitro and In Vivo by preventing virus entry to host cells. Pretty cool huh?
The studies are Ehrhardt etal (2013) and Haasbach etal (2014)
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"Another source of interest comes from the nutritional composition of this little powerhouse berry. For example, in the USDA Nutrition Handbook, black currants are listed as containing:
• More ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), by far, than any other available fruit
• As much potassium as banana
• Twice as much calcium as any fruit except blackberry
• Less fat than all other fruit except nectarine
• More phosphorus and potassium than any other fruit, and
• Are second only to elderberry in iron and protein.
Black currants also contain bioflavanoids which are vasopressor agents (reduce blood pressure). "
UMass Extension Agriculture and Landscape Program 4/12 Read the full article here
"In this age of marketing of new fruits of every stripe—“super,” “exotic,” “rainforest,” etc. — it is easy to overlook the fact the best of the fruits for many purposes may be those long known. Bilberry is a good example. Black currant is another. Also called the cassis berry (Ribes nigrum), black currant offers many benefits similar to those found with bilberry and blueberry. Indeed, the list of benefits is quite impressive and includes brain, digestive and eye health along with positive influences in the areas of asthma and overall lung function, colds and flu, and women’s health."
Dallas Clouatre, PhD Read the full article on TotalHealthMagazine.com
"According to a study published in the "Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry" in June 2005, black currants contain essential fatty acids, or EFAs, such as alpha-linolenic, gamma-linolenic, linoleic and stearidonic acids. Because EFAs can potentially help lower cholesterol levels, researchers at the University of Turku in Finland tested the efficacy of black currants on cholesterol. The study concluded that serum levels of low-density lipoproteins, or LDL, in healthy females were lower after taking black currant seed oil when compared with ingesting fish oil."
Christy Callahan read the full article at
"Black currants have significantly high amounts of phenolic flavonoid phytochemicals called anthocyanins. Scientific studies have shown that consumption of blackcurrants have potential health effects against cancer, aging, inflammation, and neurological diseases.
Black currants have anti-oxidant value (Oxygen radical absorbance capacity- ORAC) of 7950 Trolex Equivalents per 100g, which is one of the highest value for fruits after chokeberries, elderberry, and cranberries. Red currants, however, possess comparatively less ORAC value at 3387 TE than the black variety.
These berries are an excellent source of antioxidant vitamin, vitamin-C. 100 g of fresh currants provide more than 300% of daily-recommended intake values of vitamin C. Research studies have shown that consumption of fruits rich in vitamin C helps the body develop immunity against infectious agents and also help scavenge harmful oxygen-free radicals from the body.
Black currants are very good in vitamin A, and flavonoid anti-oxidants such as beta-carotene, zea-xanthin and cryptoxanthin levels. 100 g fresh berries provide 230 IU of vitamin A. These compounds are known to have antioxidant properties. Vitamin A is also required for maintaining integrity of mucus membranes and skin, and essential for healthy eye-sight. Furthermore, consumption of natural fruits rich in flavonoid anti-oxidants helps to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
Fresh blackcurrants are also rich in many essential vitamins such as pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), pyridoxine (vitamin B-6) and thiamin (vitamin B-1). These vitamins are essential in the sense that body requires them from external sources to replenish and required for metabolism.
They also contain good amounts of mineral iron. 100 g currant berries provide about 20% of daily recommended levels. Iron is an important co-factor for cytochrome oxidase guided cellular metabolism. It is also required for red blood cell (RBC) production in the bone marrow.
Additionally, the berries are also a very good source of other important minerals like copper, calcium, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium, and potassium, which are very essential for body metabolism."