Mayur Deshpande
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Nutritional Supplements Library Black Currant

Nutritional Supplements Library

Black Currant

What is blackcurrant?


The Blackcurrant (Ribes nigrum) is a species of currant native to central and northern Europe and northern Asia. It is a small shrub growing to 1-2 m tall. The leaves are alternate, simple, 4-9 cm long and broad, and palmately lobed with five lobes, with a serrated margin. The flowers are 4-6 mm diameter, with five reddish-green to brownish petals; they are produced in racemes 5-10 cm long. The fruit is an edible berry 1 cm diameter, very dark purple in colour, almost black, with a glossy skin and a persistent calyx at the apex, and containing several seeds. Black currant seed oil contains gamma linolenic acid (GLA), a fatty acid that the body converts to a hormone-like substance called prostaglandin. Prostaglandin offers anti-inflammatory properties and is believed to also have blood thinning and blood vessel dilation properties.

What is the effective dosage of blackcurrant supplementation?

Follow the direction written on product label.

What are the benefits of blackcurrant supplementation?

• Blackcurrant contains prostaglandin which acts as anti-inflammation properties (it is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis.).
• The infusion of the leaves is used for cleansing and also as diuretic.
• It has antioxidant property.
• It contains phytochemicals (anthocyanins).
• It contains significant amounts of vitamin-C,vitamin B6, vitamin E, potassium, copper and soluble fiber.

What are the side effects of blackcurrant supplementation?

Black currant is very safe and there are no side effects associated with its' supplementation.