Black Currant Powder

Black Currant is a fruit bearing shrub originating from Tibet. The small fruits have a pleasant aroma and sour taste. Known as the "King of Berries", it is considered the elixir of youth. This amazing berry contains higher concentrations of Potassium, Magnesium, Iron, Calcium, Vitamins A, B, & C, trace minerals, organic acids, antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and many more phenolics and phytonutrients than any other fruit.

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The unique composition of the black currant includes a rare yet essential combination of fatty acids Omega-3 ALA and Omega-6 GLA. Studies have possibly linked GLA and ALA to a healthy immune system and inflammation response. In addition this power fruit may support healthy cardiovascular functions, support brain health and healthy skin.

The Institute of Food, Nutrition and Human Health senior research scientist Dr. Abdul-Lateef Molan and his team conducted a trial with 45 healthy volunteers who took black currant for four weeks. He found that consumption of black currants may possibly support gut health by supporting healthy bacteria levels. "The improvement was significant in many ways," Dr. Molan says. "Firstly, there was an increase in the number of lactobacilli and bifidobacteria, both of which may be supportive to gut health. Secondly, there was a reduction in the population sizes of some pathogenic bacteria such as Clostridium spp. and Bacteroides spp. Thirdly, consumption of black currants led to a significant reduction in the activity of Beta-glucuronidase. Lastly, there was also a lowering of fecal pH." Dr. Molan says these findings show that taking black currant can offer significant health benefits because it acts as a powerful prebiotic.

A recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that subjects who were given a mixture of berries daily (including black currants) had a supportive reaction to their blood pressure levels and also supported healthy good (HDL) cholesterol, two factors that support heart health.

Black currant contains powerful compounds called proanthocyanidins, anthocyanins and a polysaccharide-rich substance, cassis polysaccharide (CAPS), and s macrophage-stimulating activity. CAPS have possibly been shown to support a healthy immune system response. Additionally preliminary research from the Horticulture and Food Research Institute in New Zealand found that the anthocyanins and polyphenols found in black currants may help support a healthy brain. Beyond that research has shown that black currants may generally support different facets of the nervous system. Anthocyanins also may possibly support a healthy inflammation response. The effect is similar to aspirin or ibuprofen, so many middle-aged and elderly people are choosing the healthier black currant over these drugs.

Oral intake of black currant may possibly support healthy vision. In the last few decades, computers have rapidly and steadily become a necessary tool of modern life and many people are suffering from computer-related eye problems. Long-term computer use has also contributed to the rise of modern lifestyle related diseases, often exacerbated by stress. Black currant anthocyanins work wonders by possibly supporting a healthy stress response thereby supporting a variety of secondary effects all of which are made worse by long-term computer use.

Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the number one cause of blindness in adults over age 65. Research and clinical studies have shown that certain antioxidants like vitamin C and anthocyanosides (anthocyanins) may support vision health and decrease the risk of age related vision problems such as cataracts and (AMD). Scientists have found that a plant based diet rich in flavonoids, including anthocyanins and quercetin (found in black currants), may play a role in decreasing the degeneration of the macula by keeping harmful free radicals from damaging the retina.

Some possible traditional uses of Raw Black Currant Powder may include:

  • May support capillary health

  • May support a healthy inflammation response

  • Possibly reduces the cause of diarrhea

  • Source of powerful antioxidant actions

  • May support eye health

  • May support brain and nervous system health

  • May support healthy cardiovascular functions

  • Possibly acts as a prebiotic

  • May support healthy energy levels

  • May support healthy digestion

  • A source of antioxidants, vitamin C, potassium, essential fatty acids, anthocyanins, polysaccharides

  • Possibly helpful in reducing cellular mutations

  • May have diuretic properties

  • May support healthy blood pressure levels & good cholesterol (HDL)

  • May support skin health

  • May support healthy uric acid levels

  • Supporting healthy function of the liver, pancreas, spleen & kidneys

Constituents of Black Currant include:

  • Minerals: Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Selenium, Potassium, Zinc, Phosphorus, Manganese, Copper
  • Vitamins: Thiamine, Vitamin C, Vitamin B-6, Vitamin B-12, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Folic Acid, Folate (DFE), Vitamin A (IU), Vitamin A (RAE), Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)
  • Anthocyanidins: Petunidin, Delphinidin, Pelargonidin, Peonidin, Cyanidin
  • Flavan-3-ols: Catechin, Epicatechin
  • Flavonols: Isorhamnetic, Kaempferol, Myricetin, Quercetin
  • Isoflavones: Genistein
  • Proanthocyanidins: Proanthocyanidin Monomers, Proanthocyanidin Dimers, Proanthocyanidin Trimers, Proanthocyanidin 4-6mers, Proanthocyanidin 7-10mers, Proanthocyanidin Polymers (>10mers)

Products with no additive: This product is 100% natural and minimally processed. Taste, smell, texture, and color may vary from batch to batch.

Suggested Use: Mix 1 teaspoon with juice, yogurt or add to your favorite smoothie.

Mixing Suggestion: To increase flavor and nutritional profile combine with our purple aronia extract and maqui powder.  

Botanical Name: Ribes nigrum.

Other Names: Blackcurrants, Phalsa, Quincy Berries, Cassis, Urdu, Squinancy Berrie, Ribes Nigrum, Schwarze Johannisbeeren, Falsa, Gichtbeerblaetter, Cassistee, Feuilles de Cassis, Quinsy Berries, Schwarze Johannisbeerblaetter.

Parts Used: Black Currant Fruit.

Ingredients: Black Currant Berries.

Origin: Grown and dried in Finland.  Packaged with care in Florida, USA.

Z Natural Foods strives to offer the highest quality organically grown, raw, vegan, gluten free, non-GMO products available and exclusively uses low temperature drying techniques to preserve all the vital enzymes and nutrients. Our Raw Black Currant Powder passes our strict quality assurance which typically includes testing for botanical identity, heavy metals, chemicals and microbiological contaminants. ZNaturalFoods.com offers Raw Black Currant Powder packaged in airtight stand-up, resealable foil pouches for optimum freshness. Once opened, just push the air out of the pouch before resealing it in order to preserve maximum potency. Keep your Raw Black Currant Powder in a cool, dark, dry place.

 

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