Blackcurrants are known to support the immune system due to their impressive antioxidant and nutrient content. New Zealand Blackcurrants contain high amounts of polyphenols and unique anthocyanins which research suggests has antiviral and immune-stimulating properties which makes Blackcurrants ideal addition to the diet prior to long distance travel or at times of increased stress.
Health Benefit: Immune System Support
Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a virus that enters the body, binds and enters the cells, and begins to reproduce in new cells. Studies conducted by Asahikawa Medical College have found that blackcurrant anthocyanin extract powders have an antiviral effect against adenovirus, RS virus, influenza A (H5N1) and B. The studies have shown that the blackcurrant berry is effective in combating viruses and is recognized for its strong bioactivity and antiviral activity properties.
- In a recent study on influenza A and B, the results showed that blackcurrant extracts high in anthocyanins and polyphenols, may inactivate and suppress the influenza virus completely. There have been numerous studies on the effect that blackcurrant anthocyanins have on virus activity, and proven anti-influenza virus effects of were shown, including inactivation of A and B viruses, inhibition of viral attachment to cells (98%), and complete suppression of virus growth in cells.