The black currant is the edible berry of a shrub that usually grows 1-2 meters tall and originated in Northern/Central Europe and Asia. The scientific name of this plant is Ribes Nigrum- which means “black ribes”.
This plant has a 1 cm diameter, has a black color, and contains seeds. These berries are often used during cooking or making drinks due to their astringent taste. For example, the leaves are used to improve the taste and color of vodka in Russia, and in the U.K., it is mixed with cider to form “Cider Black”.
There are many health benefits of black currants. They are highly recognized for their therapeutic values and high content of vitamins. Below are the many health benefits of black currant, along with it’s medicinal properties and what it helps to treat.
Containing tannin, vitamin c, potassium salts, ams essential oil, the black currant is a great diuretic, pectoral, anti-diaretic, anti- stringent, and much more. One of the huge properties of black currants is that it is rich in GLA- an essential fatty acid that has anti-flammatory effects and is believed to protect against a variety of diseases. GLA also slows down the growth of cancer cells in the laboratory. This fruit is one of very few that has this rare essential fatty acid.
The fruit, leaves, and buds of black currants have many effects in treating and preventing various diseases. Because it is full of vitamin c, the black currant is useful in treating cardiac insufficiency and vascular problems, and reduces arterial hypertension. It also intensifies weak circulation due to menopause and cleans the blood of toxins and wastes.
The black current is beneficial against rheumatism, arthritis, and gout. The plant stimulates digestion and the function of the liver, pancreas, and kidneys. It is also useful against diarrhea and tiredness. The diet with this fruit is actually recommended to plethoric and lymphatic people, and also women with menopausal disorders.
All together, black currants are a very healthy and beneficial fruit for the body. For more information about black currants, feel free to visit the links below.