Black currant is not as famous as other “healthy” berries but, just like blueberry and bilberry, this wild, deep red, purple berry offers a good number of health benefits. Also known as cassis berry, black currant (Ribes nigrum) is particularly high in anthocyanins, and is considered a rich source of both omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and omega-6 fatty acid gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). With so many potential benefits, we present you 5 health benefits of black currant.
1. Brain Support
Studies have suggested that anthocyanins can deliver benefits directly to the brain, helping to protect memory and motor coordination. The polyphenolics in black currant have been shown to retard and even reverse age-related decrements in motor and cognitive performance.
2. Women’s Health
Black currant seed oil is an excellent source of both the omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and the omega-6 fatty acid gammalinolenic acid (GLA). The combination of essential fatty acids found in black currant seeds may influence the production of prostaglandins and assist hormone production to support women during menopause.
3. Eye Care
Bilberry is known to support eye health but black currant can also be helpful. Anthocyanosides, the bioflavonoid complex in bilberries, black currant and a number of other berries, are potent antioxidants that can improve and maintain healthy vision.
4. Colds and Flu
Just like elderberry, black currant can be helpful against influenza virus types A and B by inhibiting the release of the virus from infected cells.
5. Digestive System
Research has shown that black currant may support gastrointestinal health as well as increase the number of desirable bacteria such as bifidobacteria and lactobacilli.
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