Blackcurrant Skin Extract



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Kiwi Superfoods Blackcurrant Skin Extract is full of Anthocyanins.

Anthocyanins may support Eye Health and vision, improved brain function and health and improved muscle recovery times. It may also support improved circulation, lower blood pressure and gut health.

Blackcurrants and their anthocyanins reduce the effects of oxidative stress and are taken by several high performance sports teams, including the All Blacks.

Anthocyanins give blackcurrants their dark colour and act as powerful antioxidants. Blackcurrants contain more anthocyanins than any other commercially available fruit or vegetable. New Zealand’s pristine conditions and mineral-rich environment plus its elevated exposure to UV light results in blackcurrants with higher anthocyanin content than fruit that is grown in other areas.

Blackcurrants also have a high level and complex mix of flavonoids, phytochemicals and polyphenolics, all shown to have their own positive health benefits. It is in this area some of the most exciting recent discoveries about Blackcurrants have been made. 

We now know some blackcurrant varieties, (including the ones used in our product), contain cGP which normalises Insulin-like Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1). (paper to be published late 2019). Low levels of cGP are liked with many neuro degenerative disorders such as Parkinson's and Strokes. It keeps your brain young! This perhaps explains the feedback we get from some customers ... of them feeling sharper and experiencing an uplift in mood;

“...I am weaning off my antidepressants that I've been on for years and I am feeling terrific! So, that combined with hardly any hot flushes anymore is honestly fantastic, I can't thank you enough. You don't realise how much it means to me to be off the AD's! Please share my story to anyone but keep me anonymous.”

One daily dose of Blackcurrant Skin Extract (2 capsules) takes over 90grams of fresh blackcurrants to produce and delivers 200mg of anthocyanins and 400mg of Vitamin C. 

Please note: Always read the label and use as directed. Vitamins and minerals are supplementary to and not a replacement for a balanced diet. If symptoms persist, see your healthcare professional.

Warning: 

If pregnant or lactating seek guidance from your health professional before taking this dietary supplement.

Those who are taking phenothiazines, a type of anti-psychotic medication, should not take blackcurrants as it may increase the risk of seizure.

Additionally, blackcurrants may slow blood clotting. If you have a bleeding disorder or are taking a medication for blood clotting, such as Warfarin, you should consult with your doctor before taking blackcurrants. You should also not take blackcurrant prior to surgery as it may increase bleeding risk.

Research has shown that anthocyanins and blackcurrant consumption may support:

Eye Health:

We have our own personal experience of the amazing benefits of this product on both oracular and cognitive health. See ‘Our Story’ for more.

Clarity of vision or how well defined you can see an image, and night vision may be improved through the consumption of anthocyanins.

Improved Brain Health and Function:

Anthocyanins and other flavonoids are thought to work by inhibiting neuroinflammation, activating synaptic signaling, and improving blood flow to the brain.4 It appears that some dietary anthocyanins can cross the blood-brain barrier, allowing the compounds to have a direct beneficial effect.3 2 7  See ‘Our Story’ for more. Exciting new research from Auckland University has confirmed the neuroprotective qualities of blackcurrants.

Muscle recovery and Immune Protection:

Research has found that blackcurrants boost the natural benefits of exercise, by reducing muscle damage and soreness and assisting immune protection.  These benefits are backed by scientific data showing speedier tissue repair, recovery, and performance in exercise.  So train harder... train longer!

Longevity:

Here’s a great link to a BBC article discussing some of the possible longevity and mental health benefits from anthocyanins: BBC Link.

Improved circulation and lower blood pressure:

Clinical trials with blackcurrants have shown that they can aid in the reduction of high blood pressure as well as increase HDL (“good”) cholesterol and decrease LDL(“bad”) cholesterol.

Anti inflammation:

A 2009 study showed increased intake of blackcurrant and orange juice decreased vascular inflammation and the risk of cardiovascular disorder.

Gut health:

More and more research is pointing towards the gut microbe population playing a very important role in human health and disease. A study showed that the consumption of blackcurrant extract positively modified the gut microbial population. It enhancing the growth of the beneficial bacteria and decreasing the activity of the toxic bacterial enzymes which are known to be involved in colon cancer.

References

  1. Anthocyanins and anthocyanin-rich extracts: role in diabetes and eye function: Dilip Gosh Ph.D. and Tetsuya Konish. - Link

  2. Today’s Dietitian, March 2014 Issue, Anthocyanins By Densie Webb, Ph.D., RD. - Link

  3. Spencer JP. The impact of fruit flavonoids on memory and cognition. Br J Nutr. 2010;104 Suppl 3:S40-S47.

  4. Youdim KA, Shukitt-Hale B, Joseph JA. Flavonoids and the brain: interactions at the blood-brain barrier and their physiological effects on the central nervous system. Free Radic Biol Med. 2004;37(11):1683-1693.

  5. nzblackcurrants.com/diet-exercise-and-immune-response

  6. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4336991

  7. Good for the brain - plantandfood.co.nz/page/news/media-release/story/nz-blackcurrants-good-for-brain

  8. Lyall KA, Hurst SM, Cooney J, Jensen D, Lo K, Hurst RD, Stevenson LM. 2009. Short-term blackcurrant extract consumption modulates exercise-induced oxidative stress and lipopolysaccharide-stimulated inflammatory responses. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol 297: R70–R81 CLICK HERE to see the free full paper online.

  9. nzblackcurrants.com/cardiovascular-health

  10. Molan A., Zhuojian L.,Plummer G. Evaluation of the effects of blackcurrant products on gut microbiota and on markers of risk for colon cancer in humans. PHYTOTHERAPY RESEARCH, 28,416-422, 2014

  11. nzblackcurrants.com/anthocyanins

    12. Supplementation of Blackcurrant Anthocyanins Increased Cyclic Glycine-              Proline in the Cerebrospinal Fluid of Parkinson Patients