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Sunday, 10 September 2017

Eat Me: Seven reasons blackcurrant is good for your health



Blackcurrant is a berry that can be eaten raw or cooked in a variety of savoury dishes. It is also used to make jam, juice, jelly, and syrup.

Apart from its super sweet taste, it is also stocked with a variety of nutrients.
Here are seven reasons to love blackcurrant.
Boosts immunity
Blackcurrant contains a high amount of vitamin C which increases immunity and offers protection from infections.
Aids better vision
It is rich in vitamin A, the nutrient most needed for improved vision. It is also a rich source of antioxidants that protect eyes from free radicals that could lead to temporary or permanent loss of sight.
Prevents anemia
The presence of iron in blackcurrant keeps anemia at bay and provides relief from it. It assists in the formation of red blood cells and promotes oxygenated blood to reach every part of the body.
Strengthens bone and teeth
It contains a high amount of calcium that strengthens bone and teeth, which promotes good oral health.
Good for the heart
Blackcurrant has a high amount of flavonoids, a nutrient group that promotes cardiovascular health.
It also contains a good quantity of Omega 3 which helps to reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) and increase good cholesterol (HDL) level in the blood.
It improves blood flow towards the heart and reduces the risk of heart attack, stroke, and hypertension.
Lowers blood pressure
Blackcurrant is helpful for lowering high blood pressure due to the presence of potassium which acts as a natural vasodilator that relaxes the blood vessels and aids smooth flow by regulating the pressure of blood.
The regulation of blood pressure lowers the chances of heart attack or stroke.
Prevents formation of cancer
It has anti-carcinogenic properties that lower the chances of cancer development in the body.
It is rich antioxidants such as zeaxanthin, cryptoxanthin, beta carotene and vitamin C. The antioxidants counteract free radicals and prevent the chances of oxidative damage of body cells.