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The Health Benefits of Peppercorns

 

Black peppercorns are actually berries that grow on the pepper plant in tropical climates.  Peppercorns are rich in Vitamin A, B-complex Vitamins such as niacin, pyridoxine, riboflavin and thiamin, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, calcium, carotenes, copper, cryptoxanthin, dietary fibre, iron, lycopene, magnesium, manganese, potassium and an essential oil called piperine

 

WELLNESS

 

Peppercorns (and ground pepper) are part and parcel of most kitchen pantries these days, but little may you know that they actually have a munificent range of outstanding health benefits including but not limited to

Anti-cancer properties Vitamin A, Vitamin C, carotenes, cryptoxanthin, lycopene, Zea-xanthin all have astounding anti-oxidant abilities that can fend off cell-damaging potentially cancer-causing free radicals.  Vitamin C is especially effective against cancers of the cervix, esophagus, oral cavity, pancreas, rectum and stomach.  Piperine, a chemical compound in pepper, may actually prevent the growth of breast cancer tumors

Anti-inflammatory properties Vitamin C wages battle against cell-damaging free radicals that often cause inflammation in those suffering from osteo-arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis

 

Digestive health Pepper increases hydrochloric acid secretion in the stomach, which aids in proper digestion of proteins and other foodstuffs.  If hydrochloric acid is running low, food tends to stay in the stomach and/ or intestines for a longer period of time, and this can result in constipation, diarrhea, flatulence, heartburn and indigestion.  Black pepper is also a diuretic, which will facilitate urination

Eye health Vitamin A is essential for healthy eye tissue and protects the eyes from age-related macular degeneration

Healthy bones and teeth Vitamin C is crucial for healthy gums.  Vitamin A is essential for strong teeth

Heart health Vitamin C can fight atherosclerosis and lower blood pressure.  Potassium controls the heart rate and blood pressure.  Lycopene prevents LDL, or “bad cholesterol” from doing damage to arterial walls

Immune system health Vitamin C is key in building and maintaining a strong immune system and warding off and lessening the symptoms of an almost innumerable amount of disease ranging from the common cold to the flu to the HIV virus.  Black pepper has known anti-bacterial properties, which can kill germs.  Black pepper is a great home remedy for thinning out nasal congestion

Vitamin absorption Piperine, an amine alkaloid, can increase the absorption of beta-carotene, B-complex vitamins and selenium

BEAUTY

Anti-oxidant properties Rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, carotenes, cryptoxanthin, lycopene, Zea-xanthin, these anti-oxidant superstars will do wonders for your hair, skin and nails and can prevent the signs of premature aging

 

WEIGHT LOSS

The outer layer of the black peppercorn, in particular, is highly effective in blocking fat formation in the body by breaking down fat cells.  It also stimulates the metabolic rate, sweating and is a terrific diuretic

 

COOKING

Naturally, pepper is used as a companion seasoning to salt on well, just about everything, but if you are mindful of your salt intake, you can use pepper as a stand-alone seasoning.  Why?  Well, besides the fact that it is delicious and healthy, it actually contains a minute amount of salt

Try this classic French dish, Steak Au Poivre, on for size. You can lighten it up by swapping some of the traditional high calorie higher-fat elements with healthier substitutes.   Choose two lean grass fed sirloin steaks, coat them with 2 teaspoons of Dijon mustard and press a tablespoon or so of black peppercorns into the flesh.  Sear the steaks on one side for about 4 minutes and finish them off in the oven at 350 degrees for an additional 7 minutes.

For the sauce, add a teaspoon of olive oil to the skillet and turn up to high.  Add a ¼ cup of quality red drinking wine, 1/3 cup low-sodium chicken or veggie broth and let reduce for 3 minutes.   Add 2 teaspoons of unsalted butter and a pinch of salt and remove from heat.  Once the mix has cooled a tad, add 2 tablespoons of low-fat sour cream and serve over the rested steaks.  Bon appetit

The disparity between a restaurant’s price and food quality rises in direct proportion to the size of the pepper mill.  ~Bryan Q. Miller

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The Health Benefits of Passion Fruit

 

This native South American fruit is chock full of nutrients, vitamins and minerals including Vitamin A, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, calcium, carotenoids such as Beta-carotene and lutein, choline, copper, fibre, folate, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and potassium

WELLNESS

The passion fruit has inspired amorous passion in many a health-minded individual as it is sublime in flavor and innumerous in health benefits including but not limited to

Anti-cancer properties Passion fruit juice, with pulp and seeds intact, is very high in fibre and serves as a powerful laxative, which will keep your colon clean and in less contact with cancer-causing toxins.  This means you are far less likely to develop colon cancer.  Vitamin A maintains healthy mucous membranes and can stave off lung cancer and oral cancer.  Vitamin C, as anti-oxidant, combats the oxidative stress caused by cell-damaging free radicals, repairs tissue and wards off quite a few forms of cancer including that of the cervix, esophagus, oral cavity, pancreas, rectum and stomach.  Lutein may also decrease your risk of developing cancer.

Arthritis The important carotenoid Beta-carotene can reduce one’s chance of developing arthritis.  Anti-oxidant champion vitamin C does battle against cell-damaging free radicals that often cause inflammation in those suffering from osteo-arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis

Asthma Vitamin C is effective as an anti-histamine and can calm an asthma attack

Blood health The passion fruit contains a healthy dose of iron, and iron increases blood production.  Vitamin C works in tandem by preventing the loss of iron in one’s body

Bones / Teeth Mighty vitamin C is a must-have for healthy gums.  Vitamin A and beta-carotene are both crucial for strong teeth.  Potassium helps preserve calcium in the bones and increases their density and strength.  Calcium, in turn, prevents bone loss and osteoporosis

Depression Consumption of Beta-carotene, aka “Pro-Vitamin A,” can reduce one’s risk of suffering from depression

 

Digestive health Passion fruit makes for a highly effective laxative that can ease constipation.   It also shows promise in relieving hyperacidity and gastric ulcers.  B vitamins maintain healthy mucous membranes in the digestive tract

 

Eye health Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Beta-carotene and flavonoids all protect the eyes from free-radical damage and promote proper moistness of the eyes and higher visual acuity, especially at night

 

Heart health Adequate amounts of fibre can actually reduce cholesterol.  Potassium regulates the heart rate and blood pressure.  Magnesium regulates the pumping of the heart and also relaxes the blood vessels.  The B vitamins inherent in passion fruit juice can also lower cholesterol and stimulate proper blood circulation.  The many anti-oxidants in passion fruit inhibit the growth of cancer cells in the body.  And as luck would have it, passion fruit is a low-sodium food, which is always good news for those tending to their hearts

 

Immune system health Vitamin A, Vitamin C and over a dozen varying carotenoids found in passion fruit royally boost your immune system and can fend off a gamut of ailments ranging from the common cold to the flu to the HIV virus

 

Sleep disorders & Stress relief Vitamin B-6 is absolutely crucial in producing GABA, an extremely influential amino acid that serves as a neurotransmitter in the nervous system and results in a general calming effect and feeling of overall well-being.  Drinking a glass of passion fruit juice before bed can expedite a restful night’s sleep for the frustrated insomniac

 

BEAUTY

 

Anti-oxidant properties Vitamin A, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, copper and potassium all play a strong role in maintaining healthy, lustrous hair that is less prone to breakage.  The anti-oxidant abilities of vitamins A & C do wonders in combatting cell-damaging free radicals and oxidative stress and preventing pre-mature aging

 

WEIGHT LOSS

 

Fibre One cup of passion fruit juice with pulp and seeds intact, provides an astounding    grams of fibre, which will fill you up and keep you flushed out on a regular basis, both which contribute to a more consistent and organic weight loss

COOKING / CONSUMPTION

 

Passion fruit curd is a wonderfully exotic spread for your Sunday morning scones, biscuits or short stack of pancakes and all it requires is ten passion fruits, a couple of eggs, some sugar, a bit of unsalted butter and a little stirring over low heat until thickened.  The curd can be poured into pretty glass jars and kept in the fridge for some time to relish when the mood strikes you

 

Passion fruit frozen yogurt or sorbet is downright delightful during the hot summer days and super simple to make.  But if you really want to get impressive with dessert, make a luscious passion fruit cheesecake.  The secret to extra creamy goodness is the combination of lite cream cheese and lite sour cream or Greek yogurt.  In order to truly reap the greatest benefits from this tropical fruit, use the pulp to make a simple syrup to pool on your finished cheesecake.  The black seeds make for a visually striking edible garnish with a lovely contrasting crunch

And a batch of Passion Fruit Mojito’s will go over well at any cocktail party.  Combine freshly strained passion fruit juice in a pretty rock glass or martini glass and mix in 2 TB.’s fresh lime juice, ½ teaspoon granulated sugar and some torn fresh mint leaves.  Muddle well, add ice, pour in 2 ounces of quality white rum and top off with club soda

History tell us that Spanish explorers saw the brilliant blooming flower of the passion fruit as a symbol of Christ’s crucifixion, or, the “Passion of the Cross.”

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Turmeric Root (Photo credit: Steenbergs)

Tumeric This Super Hero is part of the ginger family, it’s a very strong anti flammatory and is not only used for cooking and medicine, it’s a cosmetic ingredient and dye. It assists period pain, rheumatoid arthritis, anti cancer, anti fungal, analgesic, stimulant, aromatic, stomach ulcers, irritable bowel, lymph gland problems, hemmorrhoids, staphylococcus, jaundice, nose bleed, reduced fevers, intestinal parasites

 Turmeric is a double whammy against normal aging with its skin promotion and antioxidant capabilities

Supporting your memory function due to antioxidants

Promoting your heart health yep again those mighty antioxidants called curcuminoids

Boosting your immune system due to those free radical fighters

Supports your overall eye health

Aids your skeletal system and joint health

Helps you maintain healthy cells with support against free radicals

Balances the health of your digestive system as it triggers bile flow

Aids healthy blood and your circulatory system supporting healthy liver function

Helps you maintain normal cholesterol levels to support your cardiovascular system as it binds cholesterol to fibre and removes the bodies waste products

Assists your neurological system’s healthy response to stress

Promotes a healthy female reproductive system assists healthy hormone function due to detoxification

Promotes your healthy nervous system and helps occasional discomfort with pain relief

Helps you maintain blood sugar levels already within the normal range

BEAUTY

Cleanse the skin through cleaning the blood

Balance the skins natural flora with its antibiotic properties

Nourish the skin and has been ailed the skin food for thousands of years, Supports your absorption of vitamins and minerals

Weightloss

Promotes the wellness of your  circulatory system which assists weight-loss

Antioxidants remove toxins from the blood making it easier for the body to shed excess fat

COOKING

The leaves are used in Asian cookery by using large leaves to wrap around white and red meats, adding a mild flavor during cooking

The Young leaves and flowers are lightly steamed and eaten

Turmeric is the base and essential ingredient of curry powder. make your own by blending peeled root with ginger, garlic, onion add black pepper and olive oil to increase the antioxidant level

Use in dhal and Bean dishes

Use a little powder to color biscuits

Add to Pickles for color i.e Cauliflower

Add to couscous, rice, quinoa, barley and with some vegetable stock or chicken stock as a good accompaniment to a meal

A great additive to soups, dressings and sauces

Fact; Turmeric has been held in high esteem in Ayurvedic medicine and theraptic benefits are spread over many areas, studies now prove that tumeric is responsible for the lack of many prodominetly western diseases in India

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English: Turmeric plant found in Dakshina Kannada district of India. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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stock-photo-side-view-of-a-stuffed-turkey-on-a-bed-of-italian-flat-leaf-parsley-being-carved-61453081Health Benefits of Turkey

Just one mere serving of turkey has over half the daily recommended intake of protein. In addition, turkey meat is laden with B-complex vitamins, biotin, choline, copper, folate, folic acid, iron, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, phosphorous, potassium, selenium, tryptophan and zinc

WELLNESS

The grand news about this beloved and historical poultry product is that it isn’t just a tasty staple protein; it also has a slew of terrific health benefits including but not limited to

Anti-cancer properties Tryptophan produces T-cells, which in turn, fight off cancer cells. Selenium is a vital anti-oxidant that combats cancer-inducing free radicals in the body. Recent studies have shown that a portion of turkey eaten daily, minus the skin, lowers the risk of pancreatic cancer, in particular

Anti-inflammatory properties Turkey meat has a marked amount of omega-3 fatty acids, which can help alleviate arthritis and asthma

Blood sugar/Insulin Vitamin B6 is in abundance in turkey meat and helps regulate and maintain healthy blood sugar levels. High protein foods like turkey can help keep insulin levels within a preferred range

Heart health White skinless turkey meat is quite low in saturated fat. It is also pretty low in sodium, which is great news for folks with high blood pressure. Turkey has been proven to lower LDL cholesterol

Immune system health Selenium aids in the healthy functioning of the immune system. Tryptophan is a serotonin-producing amino acid that generally strengthens the immune system

Insomnia Tryptophan produces the neurotransmitter, serotonin, which calms mood, promotes overall well being and makes one far more likely to fall asleep with ease

Mood Tryptophan produces serotonin, an important neuro-transmitter that does wonders to elevate mood

Muscle health As turkey meat is rich in protein, moderate in carbs and low in calories, consuming it in conjunction with healthy exercise, can build strong and healthy muscles

Protein Turkey actually provides more protein per ounce than chicken! There are, in fact, 32 grams of protein in one 4 ounce serving, and protein-rich foods help regulate digestion

Thyroid health Selenium is crucial to healthy functioning of the thyroid

BEAUTY

Anti-oxidant properties Selenium is an anti-oxidant that combats cell-damaging free radicals that can result in premature aging.  Anti-oxidants help promote smooth, elastic skin, shiny hair and strong nails

WEIGHT LOSS Since turkey is a terrific source of protein, and relatively low in calories, it will award guilt-free, healthy nourishment that will keep you feeling full and satisfied, and far less likely to reach for empty snacks during the course of your day

Energy Turkey meat is a great source of B6 and niacin, both of which are vital for energy production

COOKING

When you are able to do so, buy an organic turkey as it generally has a higher nutrient content

Also, contrary to widespread belief, cooking turkey with the skin on is perfectly fine and recommended. The fat will NOT seep into the meat, and the skin will keep the meat from drying out.  However, you will want to remove the skin before actually consuming it

For a super juicy and tender American style Thanksgiving centerpiece, try one of the many “brine recipes” out there.  I did so a few years ago and my family still raves about how amazingly “un-dry” the bird was

But remember, turkey isn’t just for the holidays or the occasional reduced-guilt deli sandwich, the sky is the limit as far as creative recipes go…

Make a turkey and asparagus frittatta with egg  and several low fat cheeses of your liking. Fold and mold together a gourmet ground turkey meatloaf and serve it with whipped polenta and a side of garlicky sautéed spinach.  Or how about a tantalizing low-fat turkey tetrazzini made with whole quiona, low salt chicken broth, light cheese and low fat milk, or even a sumptuous turkey pot pie bubbling in a healthy, earthy crust made of brown rice and spinach?

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“I have no desire to crow over anybody or to see anybody eating crow, figuratively or otherwise. We should all get together and make a country in which everybody can eat turkey whenever he pleases. ~Harry S. Truman

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English: A “red” Kiwi fruit Deutsch: Eine “rote” Kiwi (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Health Benefits of Kiwi

This fuzzy, exotic fruit with the dazzling

green interior is a tropical treasure trove of vitamins, nutrients and minerals including more vitamin C per serving than oranges, vitamin E, Actinidain (a protein-dissolving enzyme), carotenoids, calcium, chromium, copper, fibre, flavonoids, folic acid, iron, magnesium, phytonutrients, potassium and zinc

WELLNESS

Kiwis make people smile, and not only for their tangy punches of flavor and vibrant pops of color, but also because they have an amazing array of health benefits including but not limited to

Anti-cancer properties Vitamin C is a powerful anti-oxidant, which combats the oxidative stress caused by cell-damaging free radicals

Arthritis Vitamin C, as anti-oxidant, deactivates the free radicals that cause the uncomfortable inflammation often associated with osteo-and-rheumatoid arthritis

Bone health Magnesium and potassium, as prevalent in kiwis, can help prevent age-related bone weakening and loss

Diabetes Due to its inherent fibre-richness, the kiwi fruit is a wonderful edible means of regulating blood sugar levels

Digestive health Actinidain, an enzyme found in kiwi, easily dissolves protein and helps with healthy, stress-free digestion.  The kiwi’s wealth of fibre can ease constipation and prevent various other intestinal conditions and discomforts

DNA The kiwi fruit’s high content of important anti-oxidants, with Vitamin C being just one, has the uncanny ability to well-protect our DNA from the oxidative stress associated with cell-damaging free radicals.  This is why anti-oxidants are so important in the proactive fight against cancer

Eye health Vitamins A, C and E, and carotenoids, have been shown to protect against macular degeneration and promote higher visual acuity

Heart health Eating kiwis on a regular basis have been proven to reduce blood clotting.  Vitamin C is known to lower blood pressure and fight atherosclerosis. Chromium helps regulate the heartbeat. The abundance of fibre in the kiwi fruit can lower cholesterol. Potassium also plays an important role in protecting the blood vessels and heart and lowering blood pressure, as well.

Immune system health Kiwis have an extraordinary amount of vitamin C.  One serving alone has over 200% the RDA! Eating kiwis will do wonders in boosting your immune system and staving off various infections and diseases.

Pregnancy Folic acid, as found in kiwis, is very important for expectant mothers as it helps prevent neural tube birth defects in unborn babies

 

Respiratory health Vitamin A is successful in treating respiratory ailments and has been shown to lessen the severity of asthma symptoms such as wheezing

Sleep disorders Kiwis have been studied to show that a fair intake of the fruit could actually improve and alleviate any sleep-related issues or problems

BEAUTY

Anti-oxidant properties Vitamins A, C and E, as well as carotenoids are super-house anti-oxidants, which protect the body from cell-damaging free radicals and instead promote smooth, elastic skin, shiny, supple hair and strong, hearty nails.  Zinc also plays a role in doing this

WEIGHT LOSS

Energy Magnesium boosts your energy level, so grab a kiwi before you hit your daily workout

Fibre One serving of kiwi has about 5 grams of fibre, which will keep your bowels regular and contribute to a more steady, healthy weight loss

COOKING

 A sliced or decoratively carved kiwi makes for a delightful addition to any fancy fruit salad

Kiwi’s sweet tanginess makes it a natural for a whirl in the blender.  You can make it with almost any other zippy fruit of your liking, such as strawberries, for a luscious body-cooling summer smoothie

If you have a long, happily lazy Saturday stretched out in front of you, roll up your sleeves and make some lovely and unique kiwi jams or jellies

Kiwi is also a terrific component to add to a glistening sauce or glaze for your favorite lean protein such as pork tenderloin or white meat chicken skewers, blend and used on tough cuts of meat as a natural tenderiser before cooking

Add kiwi slices to your fresh fruit tart for pops of pretty color and punches of tropical taste

Some folks throw bits of kiwi into their homespun whole grain pancakes

And speaking of kiwi bits, toss them into a tropical summer salsa to serve with baked chips or as a garnish atop a seared white sea bass

Kiwi is always a pleasant surprise when added to a fresh tuna salad or a sweet and spicy shrimp ceviche

And aim to really impress your guests at your next al fresco gathering with a tray of kiwi-mint juleps

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Kiwi fruit (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Interesting fact about the kiwi fruit:  It was actually named after New Zealand’s national bird, the kiwi bird, due to its semblance of features

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Kale salad (Photo credit: Salim Virji)

Health Benefits of Kale

Kale is revered as green veggie royalty with an embarrassment of nutritional riches including vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, calcium, copper, folate, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sulfur and omega-3 fatty acids

 WELLNESS

Kale has been affectionately nicknamed the “new beef” and has become a fast favorite amongst the global health food scene in part due to its savoury flavor  its many healthy benefits including but not limited to the protection against and the treatment of

Alzheimer’s disease Vitamin K deficiencies are a risk factor in developing Alzheimer’s so eating vitamin K-rich foods like kale can prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s

Anti-cancer properties As Kale is absolutely brimming with vitamin K, it is a wondrous protectant against various cancers.  Vitamin A is particularly helpful in preventing lung and oral cavity cancers.  Kale is also loaded with extremely beneficial flavonoid anti-oxidants that can stave off cell-damaging free radicals

Anti-inflammatory properties Kale has a notable concentration of omega-3 fatty acids, which can help alleviate arthritis, asthma and various other autoimmune disorders

Detoxification With a large amount of fibre (roughly 5 grams per cup) and its store of sulfur, Kale makes an effective homeopathic detoxifier

Healthy bones Due to the prominence of calcium and vitamin K in Kale, it is a terrific agent for maintaining healthy bones and preventing bone loss and osteoporosis

Healthy vision Vitamin A, as inherent in Kale, promotes higher visual acuity

Heart health Vitamin K is known to prevent blood clots and lower cholesterol

Immune system health Kale’s significant amount of vitamin C is a wonderful natural combatant against the common cold and influenza and generally bolsters up the immune system

Iron The main reason Kale is considered the “new beef,” is that it actually contains more iron! Iron is absolutely essential for proper formation of enzymes, hemoglobin and red blood cells, strengthening the immune system and maintaining proper liver function

BEAUTY

Kale is saturated with anti-oxidants, which war against those cumbersome cell-damaging free radicals and promote healthy, supple skin, smooth, lustrous locks and strong, stark nails

Due to its plethora of fibre, Kale will keep your system flushed free and promote more regular, steady weight loss.  Kale is also extremely tasty and low in calories (approximately 36 calories) per cup, which make it the perfect addition to any weight loss regime

COOKING

Kale can either be eaten raw, or, to retain maximum health benefits, flash-cooked

When choosing Kale, look for dark green leaves that are not wilted, and firm stalks.  Also, smaller leaves tend to be tenderer

Kale is delicious by nature and the perfect base green for a gourmet health salad including sliced red onions, a handful of juicy raisins, some toasted almond slivers and your favorite low-calorie vinaigrette, I like it with cranberries,fetta, lemon zest and roast pumpkin or proscuitto, ricotta and anchovy. lemon, garlic and flat leaf parsley

Kale chips have cropping up in health food stores galore and it is supremely easy to make your own at home!  Just slice them into bite-sized chips, drizzle them with some quality EVOO and a dash of sea salt and bake them in the oven on a low gentle heat until crisp, top off a veggies stack with them

Try substituting kale for spinach and whip up an impressive batch of low-fat creamed kale or some scrumptious Greek spanakopita

Kale adds savory and nutritious bulk to your winter soups and stews

Interesting fact about Kale: It actually tastes sweeter when frozen!

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Black currants This innocuous-looking little berry is actually a petite powerhouse, gaining in popularity due its rich composition of anti-oxidants, flavonoids, vitamins & minerals C, A, B6, B12, E, Potassium, Magnesium and Zinc and two ever-essential fatty acids, omega 3 and the astoundingly beneficial omega 6, also known as gamma linolenic acid or GLA, a very rare Omega-6 essential fatty acid

Wellness

Infusing one’s diet with black currants is fast becoming the daily norm for health-conscious men and women as both a smart preventative measure and a welcome treatment for the following conditions and diseases:

Auto-immune Disorders Gamma linolenic acid (GLA) is touted as a terrific homeopathic anti-inflammatory agent especially effective in helping reduce the symptoms of auto-immune disorders such as lupus, eczema and psoriasis

Powerful Antioxidant Black currants contain anthocyanins, which are compounds naturally found in berries. They are very potent antioxidants and are responsible for the color of blackcurrants. Around 300 different types of anthocyanins have been discovered

Inflammation and Arthritis Anthocyanins inhibit the enzymes Cyclo-oxygenase 1 and 2, and reduce inflammation and the effects of arthritis in the body. The effect is similar to aspirin or ibuprofen, so many middle-aged and old people are choosing the healthier blackcurrant juice over these drugs.Rheumatoid Arthritis is a debilitating illness GLA has been hailed as a way to reduce uncomfortable joint inflammation

Promising Anti-cancer properties The flavonoids and the high amount of vitamin C inherent in black currants award some protection against cell-damaging free radicals.A substance found in the juice This substance has been proven to be very toxic against tumor cells

 Heart Health GLA can help achieve cardiovascular heath by decreasing bad cholesterol levels and increasing good ones.  Some studies have shown that black currant supplements can even strengthen the blood vessels and stabilize blood flow

Immune System Black currants are a wonderful natural immune system booster, known for their antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial and antimutagenic capabilities

Fatigue Including black currant supplements in your diet, especially in the morning, can boost your energy level for the remainder of the day.  Fatigue-related vision impairment is also improved by this amazing little berry

Brain function  The oil is a source of gamma-linoleic acid, GLA, which is an omega-6 fatty acid

Stomach Ulcers & inflammation Researchers determined that oil extracts from black currant seeds were able to block the Helicobacter pylori bacterium from sticking to the surface of the intestinal tract which stops this bacterial which is responsible for stomach inflammation and conditions such as stomach ulcers

Influenza A and B A  study published in “Acta Virologica” showed that the oil extract did not directly inactivate influenza viruses A or B, but it did stop new cells from being infected, and already infected cells from releasing the virus to healthy cells and continuing to spread the virus

Cholesterol A study compared differences between black currant seed oil and fish oil when it came to cholesterol. What it determined was that serum levels of LDL cholesterol were lower in patients receiving black currant seed oil than in those receiving fish oil supplements.Another study showed that supplementation with black currant oil capsules proved effective in lowering total cholesterol and triglycerides, as well as increasing HDL cholesterol levels

 PMS/Menopause Many women have found regular intake of the berry to be helpful in reducing and relieving some of the symptoms of menopause, remedying breast tenderness associated with PMS, assuaging painful menstrual cramps and regulating hormone fluxes.

Weight loss

Low Calories Black currants are low in calories, as each cup of the berries provides 71 calories. About 4 percent of the daily suggested intake of 2,000 calories

Beauty

Healthy Hair & Healthy Skin GLA is the champ here once again, combating brittleness, splitting and thinning hair and stimulating healthy hair re-growth

It is a treatment for scalp folliculitis and a remedy for dandruff

Skin moisture GLA also maintains proper skin moisture and overall skin health

Healthy Nails That same fantastic acid will help prevent weak, brittle nails and restore healthy re-growth of nails less prone to breakage and with better overall texture

Varicose Veins Black currants may also have the wondrous means of increasing microcirculation, reducing the size of enlarged veins and thus lessening pressure and discomfort

Cooking

Besides simply popping the berries au naturel, black currants can be incorporated in a wide variety of easy and delicious recipes including salads, tarts, muffins and scones, homemade jams, and even glistening glazes and sauces for your favorite healthy proteins, particularly suited to game birds.

Juice them for a powerpacked bevvie that will increase your brain health

You can also tear up two leaves of the plant and boil it in water for a lovely afternoon tea.  If you desire a little something stronger, add a little black currant Cassis to your nightcap

Dried Black currants are fantastic added to your favorite stuffings, couscous or flavoured rice or pasta dishes

Black Currant Oil Black currant oil is pressed from the black currant seeds of berries abundant on the black currant shrub. In addition, black currant seed oil contains both alpha and gamma-linoleic essential fatty acids which our bodies are in capable of producing, another reason to begin including them into your diet daily

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 “Black currant is a fruit that promotes long life in human beings.”

~ Abbe P. Bailly de Montaran in 1712