Blackcurrant is a shrub of Eurasian origin. You can find it in the wild in the forests of eastern France, and it is cultivated in many places in central Europe.
The cultivation of black currant in Britain is very common, since the British government promoted the sowing of this fruit during World War II, because it did not contain other fruits rich in vitamin C, such as citrus, and thus prevented the diseases that derive from it. deficiency in this vitamin.
With the fruits of blackcurrant, liqueurs and syrup were mainly made.
Black currant (Ribes nigrum) is also named as black sarsaparilla. He comes from the saxisagraph family.
Blackcurrant is distinguished by its black fruits, aromatic leaves and more reddish flowers inside. Blackcurrant is edible.
In ancient times it was consumed to prevent scurvy, this disease is known because it involves a deficiency of vitamin C. Likewise, this fruit contains vitamins of group B and magnesium. All of these beneficial properties help the nervous system.
The other properties of black currant are that it is anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-aging and improves vision problems.
Other medicinal uses of black currant
- For a sore throat, mild prostate problems, and fever.
- Thanks to its high content of vitamin C, it helps against the problems of fatigue, cavities, lowered defenses, colds and flu.
- Blackcurrant fruit juice is a diuretic suitable for weight control diets.
- Elimination of gallstones or kidney stones.
- This fruit has a high level of antioxidants which fights bacterial infections and relieves any illness.
- Helps control diarrhea.
- Skin problems such as eczema, minor insect bites and dermatitis.
Benefits and properties of blackcurrant
- Vitamin C content is four times higher than orange.
- Consuming black currant gives a similar result to aspirin or ibuprofen, which is why many elderly people drink its juice daily.
- The fruit of the gooseberry has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects which have been used as a home remedy for throat problems.
Blackcurrant is used in case of:
- Fragile capillary.
- Allergic states.
- Prevention of venous circulatory problems.
- Loss of night vision.
- Treatment of cerebrovascular accidents.
- Antidiarrhoeal due to its large amount of tannins and pectin.
- Swelling of the mouth, pharynx and throat.
Many industries use the berries for the preparation of cakes, pastries, jams, yogurts, jellies and ice cream. In addition, it is used as a food coloring in many dishes.
Blackcurrants are also used to give color and flavor to certain varieties of vodka and in the preparation of ciders, beers and French crème de cassis.
In some countries, the dried leaves are used as a flavoring for foods.
Precautions in the use of blackcurrant.
- You will not be able to consume black currant if you suffer from ulcer, gastritis, or any severe stomach upset, as it further irritates the lining.
- If you have severe heart disease, high blood pressure, or severe liver and kidney problems, then do not consume this berry, let alone to get a diuretic effect, as it will lead to serious consequences for you.
- Some blackcurrant preparations are mixed with alcohol. Take care of your children with these products!
- You can find blackcurrant capsules or juice in the vast majority of health food stores. Always follow the consumption indication on the packaging.
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should not consume this herb.
Consult your doctor before starting any natural treatment.