Important Facts On Blackcurrants
The NZ Blackcurrants are the best ones that I know of.
Blackcurrants are without doubt one of the most popular summer season berries. They are highly nutritious and are classified under super-foods. The currant shrub which can grow up to a height of 5 to 6 feet thrives in areas where summer is humid. The fruit is dark purple, almost black, with a lustrous skin, a persistent calyx at the apex and contains 3 to 10 tiny seeds. Red, white and pink currants are translucent, have a sweet taste but not as nutritious as the black variety. Below is a brief look at some facts on blackcurrants you should know.
Facts On Blackcurrants
1. Blackcurrant berries are an excellent source of Vitamin C which is an antioxidant. As a matter of fact, currants contain more vitamin C than oranges. One hundred grams of currants can provide more the three hundred percent of the recommended daily Vitamin C intake. According to research, eating fruits rich Vitamin C enhances the body’s immunity against infections and helps scavenge harmful oxygen free radicals from the body.
2. The antioxidant value in blackcurrants is pegged at 7950 Trolex Equivalents per 100g, which is one of premier values for fruits after elderberry and cranberries as well as chokeberries.
3. Blackcurrant berries are rich in phenolic flavanoid phytochemicals referred to as anthocyanins. Scientific studies show that anthocyanins have a substantial health effect against inflammation pain, aging, neurological diseases and cancer. You’re most likely going to optimize your eye health if you ate blackcurrant berries everyday thanks to the high levels of anthocyanins not to mention an improved blood circulation.
4. According to the New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research, blackcurrants help boost the immune systems and help the body recover from the impact of vigorous exercises.
5. Blackcurrant berries are full of Vitamin A and flavonoid anti-oxidants such as zea xanthin, betacarotene and cryptoxanthin. One hundred grams of fresh berries contains 230 IU of Vitamin A. It has been sighted that Vitamin A is necessary for keeping the skin and mucus membranes lucid. In addition consumption of natural flavonoid anti-oxidants contained in fruits helps keep lung and oral cavity cancers at bay.
6. These berries contain substantial amounts of iron too. One hundred grams of currant berries will provide the body with up to twenty percent of daily recommended intake levels. Iron is not only important for cellular metabolism but is required for production of red blood cells in the bone marrow as well. They also contain other minerals such as manganese, potassium, copper and calcium as well as phosphorous.
7. There are high levels of essential vitamins such as Vitamin B5, B – 6 and B -1 contained in blackcurrant berries a fact which makes their consumption essential if you want to replenish your body’s metabolism. 8. Did you know that apart from eating blackcurrants as fresh raw fruits, they also make incredible flavor and can act as texture for sauces, jams liqueur and syrups?
Blackcurrants The Super Fruit
Blackcurrants are indeed super-fruits given the many nutritional benefits they come with. They were once looked upon as inferior berries due to their taste but that has changed over time and its obvious few berries and fruits can match the goodness these Blackcurrants super-berries have to offer.