Blackcurrant – A traditional European herb to super fruit for everyday consumption
Blackcurrant is one of the currant family currant genus, about 1 to 2cm in diameter, which is quite sweet and sour.Since the Middle Ages, blackcurrants were first grown in Britain in the European region and have a long history of edible and medicinal use: in the summer, blackcurrants are ripened and harvested for food (jam, juice and wine), and leaves and fruits are used as herbs to treat throat diseases.
Blackcurrant – Chemical composition
With the development of modern analytical methods, the chemical composition of blackcurrant is becoming more and more clear.It mainly contains anthocyanin, vitamin C and iron.
1) Blackcurrant fruits are rich in anthocyanins, mainly anthocyanin (250 mg /100 g)
2) Blackcurrant is also a good source of vitamin C, with an average of around 181 mg /100 g (edible)
3) Blackcurrant also contains iron, about 1.5mg / 100g (edible)
At present, the health care functions of black currant include tonifying kidney, preventing gout, anemia, edema, arthritis, rheumatism, oral diseases, throat diseases, cough, relieving visual fatigue, and improving cardiovascular and cerebrovascular, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, liver protection, qi and blood.
1. Strengthen gums and protect teeth
To be healthy, first of all, the teeth are good, to be good teeth, gums must be good.So how do you protect your gums?Of course, there are many aspects to this, and one of the most important is ensuring your vitamin C intake.
Lack of vitamin C in the human body, easy to cause gingival malnutrition, causing gingival atrophy and degeneration, easy to occur gingival redness, swelling, bleeding and other periodontal diseases.Blackcurrants are rich in vitamin C and, more importantly, contain a lot of antioxidants, which ensures that vitamin C is effective
2. Protect liver function
Liver is “the biggest chemical plant in human body”, and liver function damage will seriously threaten people’s health.Various liver injuries are closely related to oxygen free radicals and lipid peroxidation in the body, so increasing nutrients that can resist peroxidation in the body is crucial to protect the liver function.Blackcurrants are rich in antioxidant bioactive substances such as anthocyanins, vitamin C, flavonoids and phenolic acids
3. Improving visual function
Eyeball is to accept the light stimulation of organs, environment some light to the eyes of retinal damage, this process is called “retinal photochemical damage”, excess photon absorption induced retinal produces a large number of free radicals, lipid peroxidation and reactive oxygen species to form, prompting retinal photoreceptor cells dysfunction, leading to visual function damage.Blackcurrants are rich in antioxidant bioactive substances such as anthocyanins, vitamin C, flavonoids and phenolic acids, which can protect visual function by supplementing the body with antioxidants.
4. Delaying aging
Human aging is a very complex process, but the core link is peroxidation damage caused by free radicals.The body can eliminate too many free radicals through its own mechanism, but with age, the body’s ability to eliminate free radicals gradually decreases.
In order to maintain health and slow down aging, it is very important to get antioxidants from food.Blackcurrants are rich in substances such as anthocyanins, vitamin C, flavonoids, quercetin, myriceol, phenolic acids, catechins and blackcurrant polysaccharides, all of which are bioactive substances with good antioxidant properties.
5. Invigorating blood and qi
As a result of the menstrual period of female every month loses blood, suffer from mild anaemia extremely easily, the face is pale, cheek lacks red, look listless, and be afraid of cold, perennial hand and foot is cold.Traditional Chinese medicine believes that black currant has the effect of enriching blood, strengthening muscles and bones in Chile, nourishing stomach, producing saliva and eliminating thirst, benefiting qi, promoting water conservancy and urination, nourishing kidney and liver and improving complexion.Usually eat more black currants, can relieve cold hands and feet, low back pain, anemia and other phenomena, improve immunity.It should be noted that during the use should not eat melons and other cold food, so as not to affect the curative effect.