Blackcurrants are incredibly good for you as their antioxidant content helps prevent many illnesses.
While your mouth may not be too welcoming to the tart taste of blackcurrants, your body will more than welcome the host of nutrients they provide. A 100-gram serving has over 300% of your daily recommended intake of vitamin C, and 20% of iron. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that strengthens the immune system, thereby preventing colds, flues, infections, and various other viral illnesses. It prevents oxidative damage-- destruction to body tissue by free radicals-- by neutralizing and clearing away those free radicals from your body. Vitamin C also combats inflammation and illnesses associated with inflammation, such as heart disease and cancer, and forms collagen to help repair wounded skin and keep you looking young. Iron transports oxygen to cells, which in turn fights fatigue and anemia, and is also necessary for a strong immune system.
Blackcurrants appear to be great for immunity because, in addition to vitamin C and iron, they are full of another antioxidant known as anthocyanins which yes, strengthen your immune system. Anthocyanins fight inflammation and signs of aging, and lower your risk of mouth and lung cancers. The darker the blackcurrant, the more anthocyanins are present, which means the better that particular blackcurrant is for you.
If all this wasn't enough, blackcurrants may also help prevent Alzheimer's and arthritis, and help ease the issues associated with menstruation. Pain, PMS, and menopause symptoms, be gone! Add improved metabolic function, lowered blood pressure, and good urinary tract health to the list and you have a fantastic super-berry that your diet can't go wrong with!
- ease symptoms of psoriasis
- reduce fevers
- reduce "bad" cholesterol
- prevent cataracts, alzheimer's, and arthritis
- ease menstrual cramps, pms, and symptoms of menopause
- strengthen immune system
- prevent lung and mouth cancers
- prevent anemia
- lower blood pressure
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Written by Lindsay | 01-11-2016
Written by Lindsay
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