Black currant doesn’t only taste good, but it is one of the healthiest berries available due to its high nutritional values. It is highly rich source of Vitamin C which is highly beneficial to increase body capacity to absorb iron. It also supports the immune system to fight common disease like cold, flu and infection. It also improves eye vision, cardiovascular health and many more.
Black Currant Health Benefits
Cardiovascular Health: Black currant contains a high amount of flavonoids which proves best nutrient that promote cardiovascular health. It also contains a good amount of Omega 3 which proves beneficial to health. Black currant has proved to reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) and increase good cholesterol (HDL) level in the blood. Thus it improves the blood flow towards the heart and thus it reduces the risk of the heart attack, stroke and hypertension.
Cancer: Black currant is effective against cancer as its rich antioxidant content. These antioxidants provide Black currant an anticancer property. Root causes of cancer are free radicals which damage cells DNA. Antioxidants are effective to neutralize this free radical. ORAC value (Oxygen Radiance Absorption Capacity) of Black currant is 7,950 Trolex equivalents per 100 grams. It is highly effective for liver cancer.
Ageing: Early-ageing is a common problem which can be prevented by including antioxidant rich food. Black currant contains a high amount of powerful antioxidant Vitamin C which protect cell damage from free radicals.
Inflammation: Black currant is rich in phytonutrient, antioxidants and tannins which proves effective to prevent inflammation of the stomach, intestine and cardiovascular system.
Immunity: Black currant contains a high amount of Vitamin C. It increases immunity to protect from cold and flu. It is also effective to protect from any infections.
Eye vision: Black currant provides a high amount of Vitamin A which increases eye vision. It is a rich source of antioxidants that protect eyes from free radicals. Thus it protects from damage of an eye retina which is the cause of complete eye vision loss.
Blood formation: Black currant is also rich in iron which increases the production of red blood cells. Due to its rich Vitamin C, black currant increases body capacity to absorb iron.
Bone and teeth health: Black currant provides a high amount of calcium which strengthen bone and teeth. It is effective to prevent osteoporosis. It also improves oral health.
Brain: Eating black currant increases memory. It protects the brain from free radical damage due to its rich antioxidants. As black currant is a rich source of iron it increases oxygen supply to the brain. Thus it improves brain health.
Energy: Black currant proves beneficial as it increases the energy level. It is a good food that increases the recovery process, thus reduces injury.
Skin problems: Black currant is effective for skin disorders like eczema and psoriasis
Urinary tract health: Growth of bacteria in urinary tract increases the infection. But eating black currant cleans the bacteria and inhibits the growth of bacteria due to its anti-bacterial properties. It is effective due to anthocyanin and tannins which gives black currant anti-bacterial properties.
Side Effects of Black Currant
Black currant is responsible of thinning of the blood, so it is advisable to avoid eating black currant, 2 weeks before any surgery.
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