Benefits Of Redcurrants

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Old 08-Apr-2009
Benefits Of Redcurrants

Benefits Of Redcurrants

Redcurrants are small deciduous shrubs, which belong to gooseberry family. The length of the plant varies from 1 to 1.5 m. The flowers are subtle yellow green, which mature up into red translucent berries of about 8 - 12 mm. The taste of redcurrant fruit is slightly more sour that blackcurrant. It is mainly cultivated for use in jams, jellies and cooked dishes. The berries are native to parts of Western Europe. Apart from its commercial use in drinks and syrups, it has some potent health benefits. To know about the nutritional value of redcurrants, read on.

Nutritional Value of Redcurrants
  • Calories - 56
  • Energy - 191.8 kJ
  • Protein - 1.3 g
  • Total Fat - 0.2 g
  • Saturated Fat - 0 g
  • Total Carbohydrate - 7.9 g
  • Sugar - 7.9g
  • Dietary fiber - 3.5 g
  • Sodium - 1.4 mg
  • Vitamin C - 21 mg
  • Iron - 1.2 mg
  • Antioxidant level 2,100* - 2,240 micro mol TEAC

Health & Nutrition Benefits of Redcurrants
  • Redcurrants are rich in fiber, which aids good gut function and even the development of healthy gut microflora.
  • It is rich in Vitamin C, which has vital protective antioxidant properties.
  • Apart from this, it fights especially against various forms of cancer, as well as helps in many specific everyday functions.
  • Due to the presence of Vitamin C, Iron present in redcurrants can be very well used by the body.
  • It is a storehouse of active antioxidants, as measured by TEAC method. It helps to combat the destructive free radicals generated by the body every day which are in turn responsible for ageing and health degeneration.
  • Some of the supposed benefits include fever-reducing, sweat-inducing, menstrual-flow inducing, mild laxative, astringent, appetite increasing, blood cleansing, diuretic and digestive properties.
  • Moreover, it is considered that tea made from dried redcurrant leaves is said to ease the symptoms of gout and rheumatism.
  • It can also be useful in compressing poorly healing wounds and also as a gargling solution for mouth infections.

Old 10-Apr-2009
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