Research shows that NZ blackcurrant contains Anti-inflammatory and Anti-Viral properties.
One of New Zealand’s precious and powerful resources, blackcurrant contains a variety of beneficial antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Research has shown that the polyphenolic components contained in blackcurrant can effectively reduce inflammation of the lungs and airways (1-2).
Blackcurrant is called ‘King of berries’. The concept that this purple berry’s potency is outstripping other berries, is becoming more and more popular in medical and scientific research. Blackcurrant’s polyphenolic compounds (generally called antioxidants) levels and varieties are far superior to more than 24 other fruits, including blueberries, cranberries and raspberries.
In “MOLECULAR NUTRITION & FOOD RESEARCH 2010”, Dr. Hurst made some very exciting comments about blackcurrant, “To find natural compounds that potentially reduce lung inflammation and complement the body’s own immune system is an exciting breakthrough,” (1). The study further reveals that blackcurrant polyphenolic extracts have the ability to reduce pro-inflammatory white blood cells and alleviate resulting inflammation (1). This is relevant for the protection of both the airways and the lungs. In blackcurrant polyphenolic compounds, anthocyanins and procyanidins are the most famous and powerful varieties of the antioxidant family. Studies focused on the effects of fruit-derived antioxidant procyanidins and anthocyanins have revealed correlations between fruit consumption and a lower prevalence of negative respiratory symptoms and lower incidence of non-specific lung diseases (2). This identifies blackcurrants as an ideal dietary addition for aiding long-term health of the lungs and airways.
Blackcurrant contains cyanidin, catechin, epicatechin and quercetin compounds which belong to the sub categories of anthocyanins and procyanidins, which have the ability to enhance natural defence mechanisms in the lung tissue. For example, Epigallocatchetin is a known antioxidant and a component of procyanidins found in blackcurrant.
1.Hurst, S. M., McGhie, T.K., Cooney, J., Jensen, D., Gould, E.M., Lyall, K. A. & Hurst, R. D. Blackcurrant proanthocyanidins augment IFN-γ-induced suppression of IL-4 stimulated CCL26 secretion in alveolar epithelial cells. MOLECULAR NUTRITION & FOOD RESEARCH 2010, 54: S159–S170.
2.Nyanhanda, T., Gould, E.M., Hurst, R. D. Plant-derived foods for the attenuation of allergic airway inflammation. CURRENT PHARMACEUTICAL DESIGN 2014, 20: 000-000 (in press).
3.Plant and Food research study. Breathe Easy: A natural fruit compound may help asthma. Copyright: All contents of this document including charts are the property of Miss Currant 2020.