Black currant – gives gorgeous skin and provides relief from constipation

Health benefits of black currant

You should include black currant in your diet if you suffer from poor cardiac health.

Also, if your hair is thinning at an alarming rate, add this fruit to your diet. If you want to stop the signs of aging, eat black currant.

Black currant is a small berry rich in antioxidants called anthocyanins [1,2], essential minerals, vitamins, and many other healthy nutrients that are extremely beneficial for hair, skin, and health.

This fruit berry grows on the woody shrub of the same name. The black currant belongs to the Grossulariaceae family. It is native to parts of Central and Northern Europe and Northern Asia.

It is not common, but black currants can cause an allergic reaction in some people [3], especially in people sensitive to salicylate, a compound that happens naturally in some plants.

If you have noticed symptoms like swelling, hives, or rashes after eating black currant, you should stop using it immediately.

Black currant can slow blood clotting. If you are taking medication for blood clotting or have a bleeding disorder, you should talk with your doctor before you start using black currant in your diet.

7 Health benefits of black currant

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The health of hair

When you consume black currant, it will save your hair’s health. It has GLA (gamma–linolenic acid), an essential fatty acid that can prevent hair fall and promotes hair growth. Also, this fruit can help you fight against several other health problems, such as excessive hair breakage, hair-splitting, and scalp dryness [3].

Gorgeous skin

The cold–pressed oil made from black currants is very beneficial. It has antioxidant properties that can nourish dry and damaged skin and restore the natural glow without causing any side effects.

When your skin gets enough nutrients from the black currant, it becomes soft and replenished. In this way, it will reduce all signs of aging.

Black currant has antioxidative, antibacterial, and anti–inflammatory properties, which can help you to fight against many skin disorders. This is why black currant oil is topically used to heal atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema, etc.

Maintain eye health

It has Vitamin A, which can help maintain your eyes’ health. Also, it can help you to avoid vision loss by increasing your visual power and eyesight [4].

Black currants and leaves on a cutting board

Provides relief from gastrointestinal and cardiovascular inflammation

This fruit is rich in many antioxidants and other compounds, like phytonutrients, anthocyanin, tannins, etc. [5], and all of the mentioned components make the black currant very effective for preventing gastrointestinal and cardiovascular inflammation [6].

Assist in energy production

You should eat black currants daily because it is very beneficial in producing energy in the body. This property of black currant is due to manganese in it.

This mineral can assist in some enzymes that are responsible for the production of energy in the body. Also, it plays an important role in strengthening the antioxidant defense in the body.

Helps in controlling blood sugar levels

When people consume black currants regularly, and in moderate amounts, then it is beneficial for people who suffer from diabetes. This is possible because black currants have a low glycemic index, which means they release sugar into the bloodstream slowly and help control diabetes.

Provides relief from constipation

This fruit is very good for the stomach and plays an important role in keeping our digestive system healthy.

This is possible because black currants have dietary fiber. Dietary fiber can regulate bowel movement and ensure a smooth elimination of waste from the body. At the same time, it will give you relief from constipation.

We know that constipation is a major threat to the digestive system, so by eliminating constipation, black currant can reduce the risk of many digestive problems.


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