It is hard to believe that one so small and fragile fruit has so many vitamins, and this small “bomb” has such large quantity of vitamin C. Ribes fruit also commonly known as currant, strengthens and cleanses the body. Regulates bowel, speeds recovery after diseases and may help with symptoms caused by rheumatic disease and sciatica.
Currant is circular in shape, has a miniature size and resembles grapes. This fruit can be red, white or black, depending on the type. Black is generally more bitter than the other two, and red and white are refreshing sweet-sour taste.
Currant is extremely rich in vitamin C, in 100 grams it contains half the daily dose needed for the human body. Interestingly, unlike most fruits where in the processing the highest percentage of vitamin C is lost during preparation of various juices and jams, currant preserves much larger quantity. Also currant contains organic acids, tannins and pectin.
Currant color comes from carotene, pro-vitamin A, which protects the mucous membranes and facilitates the exchange of substances in the cells. Currant also contains vitamin K, which participates in regulating the incorporation of potassium in bone, and it initiates blood clotting.
Red, pink, and white currants are the same species, Ribes sativum. Pink and white currants are albino selections of red currant. The fruit of pink and white currants is generally less acidic and is considered by some to be better for eating fresh. Red, pink and white currants are self-fertile, meaning one plant will set fruit without any other currant cultivars nearby.
The European black currant is Ribes nigrum. Black currants have a strong and unusual flavor. They are widely grown in Northern Europe for their high vitamin C content. Some cultivars are self-fertile. Those that are not would require a second cultivar to ensure good fruit set. Black currants are ripe when the fruit has a deep, purple-black color.
Currant is good to be consumed in case of flu, hoarseness, gout, rheumatic diseases, anemia and general lack of vitamins or weakened immunity because it strengthens the body. They are recommended for duodenal and stomach, gastritis and reduced level of stomach juices. Consumed with the peel, it is excellent for the digestive system.
Currant is recommended in the diet of completely healthy people and patients with kidney disease and various infections. They help detoxification of the body greatly, and are used as an aid for menstrual pains and for better fertility of claims comes from indigenous tribes in America, where today as part of folk tradition is used to improve women’s health and increase fertility.
Blackcurrants (Ribes nigrum) developed a nickname of the “King of Berries” due to their potent antioxidant activity and powerful nutritional profile. The use of blackcurrant fruit as a herbal medicine emerged in the Middle Ages. These berries were used for centuries in Chinese folk medicine as a diuretic, diaphoretic, and febrifuge, and as an ingredient in nutraceuticals, wines, juices, and jams in China and Europe. An infusion of the leaves has been used in the treatment of dropsy, rheumatic pain, whooping cough, sore throats and mouth ulcers.
Blackcurrants are rich in polyphenols including anthocyanins and flavanols. They grow in Europe, European Asia, North America and in New Zealand. The berry comes in vivid shades of deep red, purple and black.
In folk medicine, tea leaves are used in treatment of diseases of the liver, heart and blood vessels, while mixed tea from the roots and leaves of currant acts favorably with inflammation of the kidneys and urinary tract. Please remember to share this article with your loved ones or whoever may benefit from this information. Thank you for reading our page.