How blackcurrants are showing highly exciting potential for glycaemic control

How blackcurrants are showing highly exciting potential for glycaemic control

DIABETES is one of the biggest health crises facing the Western World – it seems the 21st Century sedentary lifestyle patterns and poor diets are ‘the new norm’ and the consequences aren’t pretty.

With the NHS overrun with 5,000 diabetes admissions a day, at an annual cost of £1.5 million an hour, the need for cost-effective treatment and prevention strategies has never been more urgent.

Aside from limiting dietary energy intake and increasing physical activity, regular consumption of flavonoids (found in foods such as berries) have emerged as new potential players for reducing the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes.

The evidence to date is that berries can reduce post-meal glucose spikes and improve insulin responses – and New Zealand blackcurrants have been showing exciting potential.

In a recent study performed at the University of Chichester, just seven days’ use of New Zealand blackcurrant powder reduced glucose levels by 8%, 60 minutes after following a glucose challenge from a typical meal - while insulin was reduced by a whopping 39%.

It is the first time that a high-anthocyanin berry powder had been shown to increase insulin sensitivity.

In addition to potential anti-glycaemic effects, the natural anti-inflammatory, fat-burning and circulation-promoting actions of blackcurrants may provide other compelling benefits for diabetics too.

As an aid to do more exercise, one of the biggest prevention strategies for developing Type 2 Diabetes, there’s no question CurraNZ can be a hugely helpful natural tool for those looking to increase their activity levels and make the experience easier.

With great research showing our blackcurrants increase the desire to exercise for longer, reduce blood pressure and fatigue, improve muscle recovery and increase fat burning up to 30%, CurraNZ is a superb way to make physical activity an easier experience.

So, if you’re intending on making changes to improve your health and fitness - and avoid joining the long NHS queues, then make November the month to ring in the changes.

Plus, with CurraNZ undertaking world-first work in this area, we’re planning a big January ‘reveal’ of high-impact science - and you’ll be the first to hear about it.  

Are you Diabetic or pre-Diabetic? We want to speak to you – please email the team at


Fun fact:

Walnuts may also have benefits for those at risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Researchers at Yale University have found that eating walnuts can improve blood vessel function and lowered LDL ‘harmful’ cholesterol levels – both risk factors associated with Type 2 Diabetes.

They didn’t appear to reduce blood sugar or blood pressure levels, however.