Blackcurrants are highly nutritious. Other fruits get all the praise in the health stakes, but Blackcurrants can knock the spots off them. Independent studies have shown that they have:
Eating Blackcurrants can provide your body with vital nutrients and help protect against a myriad of ills including:
Vitamin C is an essential nutrient - it cannot be made by the human body and we must therefore eat foods which contain it. Because the body breaks down Vitamin C very quickly and does not store very much, we need to eat Vitamin C containing foods regularly, preferably every day. The most well-known health benefit of Blackcurrants is that they contain large amounts of Vitamin C, in fact more than any other natural food source as well as containing high concentrations of beneficial nutrients of Potassium, Magnesium, Iron, Calcium, Vitamins A and B amongst others.
Anthocyanins are a type of antioxidant found in Blackcurrants. It's the anthocyanins in Blackcurrants which give them their distinctive dark colour. The darker the Blackcurrant, the more anthocyanins it contains and the better it is for you. Mr Jeffares Blackcurrants are bred especially for a deeper, purple colour.
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Blackcurrants have the highest concentration of anthocyanins of all fruits. Their significant impact of on exercise performance has been examined by the University of Chichester and recently featured on a Channel 4 documentary, Superfoods: The Real Story, on Monday 6 July 2015. Sports Scientist Matt Cook studied how consuming blackcurrants could increase the sports performance of athletes. Moreover, they also improve the pumping of blood around the body, through the dilation of blood vessels. Intense exercise increases the presence of ‘free radicals’ which in turn damage cells. By cutting down ‘free radicals’ this will decrease fatigue to muscle cells. This then improves performance. The test showed that 80% of athletes had significantly better performance over 16 kilometres. There was a 2.4% improvement in time trials.
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