If you are looking for nutritional supplements to improve your mood and cognitive health, then science is pointing to Blackcurrants. Thanks in part to their high levels of anthocyanins. The below research points to clear benefits of including blackcurrants in your diet, whether you eat them fresh, frozen or as a brain food supplement in extract form.
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Plant and Food Research New Zealand
An article from Plant & Food Research, a New Zealand-based science company, highlighted research that has shown that 'New Zealand blackcurrants are good for keeping us mentally young and agile'. A finding that Plant and Food said 'could have potential in managing the mental decline associated with aging populations, or helping people with brain disorders such as Parkinson’s disease or depression'.
The Article highlighted:
Blackcurrant's fight against Alzheimer's and Dementia
Why is blackcurrant so promising in the fight against Alzheimer's and Dementia?
It's the concentration of potent antioxidants called anthocyanins that may help prevent the degradation of blood vessels and reduce the flow of blood to the brain.
Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
A study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry found that feeding mice with Alzheimer's disease anthocyanin-enriched bilberry and blackcurrant extract resulted in lower asamyloid precursor proteins (APP), which are thought to be a key risk factor for Alzheimer's.
Research at Tufts University
Research at Tufts University investigated the effects of high-antioxidant fruits (such as blackcurrant, boysenberry, cranberry, strawberry, dried plums, and grapes) on oxidative stress in brain cells, which has been linked to risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The researchers found these fruit extracts had a strong protective effect, and suggested that the high levels of anthocyanins and polyphenols in dark berries may indeed help protect aging brain cells, and may delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
You know that feeling, you’ve gone on an extended bike ride, or smashed out one too many burpees/lunges at the gym.
Delayed onset muscle soreness or DOMS is the pain and stiffness felt in muscles several hours to days after strenuous exercise. The soreness is usually at its worse 24 to 72 hours after the workout.
An excellent article by Oxygen Magazine, they are a female-focused nutrition, fitness and wellness website.
In their latest article they provide some insight into the benefits of eating a colourful diet that includes those compounds that provide all the all-important health benefits.
Are you aware of the vital role that anthocyanins play in reducing inflammation and improving circulation?