CURRANTS

CURRANTS

BENEFITS

  • An excellent low-calories source of vitamin C and potassium.
  • High in bioflavonoids

DRAWBACKS

  • Fresh currants are highly perishable and are available for only a few weeks in the summer.

The serveral varieties of fresh currants are actually berries that are related to gooseberries. The fruit marketed as dried currrants is a avariety of grape, and thus a type of raisin.

MEDICNAL USES :  All varieties of currants are rich in bioflavonoids, piggments thet are thought to boost the antioxidant effects of vitamin C, they also help inhibit cander growth and may possibly prevent other disease. Europeans have long valued black currants for their antibacterial and anti inflammatory properties, which are thought to come from anthocyanin, a bioflavonoid in the berry skins.  In Scandinavia a powder made from dried black currant skins is used to treat diarrhea, especially that caused by Esherichia coil, a common cause of bacterial diarrhea. Europeans aslo use black currant syrup to ease the inflammation of a  sore throat.

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