Currants can come in different colors. Berries of red, white and pink currants feature translucent pulp, sweeter in taste. They, however, concidered inferior to blackcurrants in terms of antioxidant power.
Black currants are one of very popular, summer season berries. Indeed, they are incredibly rich in several valuable health benefiting phyto-nutrients, and anti-oxidants that are vital for our health.
Scientific studies suggest that consumption of blackcurrants can have potential health effects against cancer, aging, inflammation, and neurological diseases. Black currants have a very high anti-oxidant value, one of the highest value for fruits after chokeberries, elderberry, and cranberries.
100 g of fresh currants provide more than 300% of daily-recommended intake values of vitamin C which helps the human body develop immunity against infectious agents and also help scavenge harmful oxygen-free radicals from the body.
Black currants carry small but significant amount of vitamin A, and flavonoid anti-oxidants such as beta-carotene, zea-xanthin and cryptoxanthin. Consumption of natural fruits rich in flavonoid anti-oxidants helps to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
Fresh blackcurrants are also rich in many essential vitamins such as pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), pyridoxine (vitamin B-6) and thiamin (vitamin B-1).
They also carry good amounts of mineral iron. 100 g currant berries provide about 20% of daily recommended intake.