Synopsis [May 2022]: A peer-review paper investigating the health benefits of New Zealand blackcurrants, including the supplement, CurraNZ, reveals they provide clinically-significant improvements for metabolic and cardiovascular health, as well as more novel applications, such as reducing ‘old person’s smell’ by up to 80%.
Fourteen of the studies were performed on the New Zealand Blackcurrant anthocyanin extract supplement, CurraNZ, a first-to-market supplement sold in the UK.
The studies showed short-duration intake of New Zealand blackcurrant:
- Increases fat burning in men and women during short and longer exercise durations
- Boosts blood flow
- Reduces hardening of the arteries
- Reduces blood pressure in older adults
- Improves insulin sensitivity and reduces post-meal sugar spikes
- Reduces skin emissions, also known as ‘old person’s smell’
The researcher, Mark Willems, Professor of Exercise Physiology at the University of Chichester, Institute of Sport, Nursing and Allied Health, who led the review, concluded by saying that:"'New Zealand blackcurrants have broad implications for health.
“We were taken back at the variety of applications we are seeing for New Zealand blackcurrants. It seems to work on a lot of things.
“Given the evidence of its protective health benefits, we would recommend daily consumption of New Zealand blackcurrant as part of normal fruit and vegetable intake - and in population groups of all ages.”
Anthocyanin-Rich New Zealand Blackcurrant: Implications for Health, was published in the Agro Food Industry Hi-Tech Journal, vol 33(1) 202