An article by MultiSport Magazine highlights the research headlines that New Zealand Blackcurrants have been making for endurance athletes. If you are mad enough to be into pushing your body to the limits then New Zealand Blackcurrants may just be the ultimate Natural Endurance Supplements for Cyclists, Triathletes, & Ultra Runners.
Multisport Magazine - January 2019
Blackcurrants are not a commonly recognised fruit, they are rarely seen in your local supermarket and wouldn’t be the fruit that catches your eye next to those better-known blueberries. However, research into this little-known fruit is showing that they offer a cross-section of potent performance and muscle recovery gains for active people, in particular:
- Improving performance up to 11%
- Increasing blood flow during exercise up to 35%
- Accelerating muscle recovery and reducing soreness
- Increasing fat oxidation (burning) during exercise
- Boosting immunity and supporting general wellness
Anthocyanins (the compound that gives fruit/veg its purple colour) have been talked about in depth in relation to cherries, blueberries and other popular fruit and veg, but blackcurrants rank highest of all the purple foods with an anthocyanin value of 773 – double that of the ever-popular blueberry (386). They stand out because of their unique polyphenol profile that provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and circulation-boosting benefits.
Over the past four years, worldwide research has been revealing the increasing number of health and fitness benefits of blackcurrants, with 12 peer-reviewed British published papers to date on the extract for sports performance, with new studies being undertaken every year and over ten universities worldwide involved.
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?